Robin­son tar­gets NJ growth de­spite COVID set­back

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Liv­ingston Scott/Gleaner Writer liv­ingston.scott@ glean­erjm.com

NEW NETBALL Ja­maica (NJ) pres­i­dent, Tri­cia Robin­son, is con­fi­dent the as­so­ci­a­tion will man­age its way through the cur­rent global health cri­sis and come out bet­ter for it.

Robin­son took over the reins from Dr Paula Da­ley-Mor­ris in Fe­bru­ary, just a month be­fore the coron­avirus pan­demic brought the world to a stand­still. Nev­er­the­less, she has set her sights on in­creas­ing Ja­maica’s in­ter­na­tional suc­cess, se­cur­ing sus­tain­able fi­nan­cial devel­op­ment, forg­ing new cor­po­rate part­ner­ships and in­creas­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion in the sport is­land­wide, de­spite the COVID-19 set­back.

“It is good that we are now ranked num­ber three (in the world). Hav­ing par­tic­i­pated in the Na­tions Cup (Eng­land) in Jan­uary, one of the goals is to in­crease our in­ter­na­tional suc­cess as we would like our coun­try to be ranked num­ber one, but it is one step at a time,” Robin­son said.

“In or­der to be num­ber one, we have to have sus­tain­able fi­nan­cial devel­op­ment. We also need to forge new cor­po­rate part­ner­ship and we need in­creased par­tic­i­pa­tion in netball is­land­wide,” she stated.

Robin­son is cur­rently in dis­cus­sions with the par­ish netball pres­i­dents re­gard­ing boost­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion in the sport na­tion­ally, and so far, ac­cord­ing to her, the con­ver­sa­tions have been pos­i­tive.

‘BUILD ON THE GOOD’

“If you get the par­ish pres­i­dents en­gaged then we can forge the part­ner­ship and en­sure there is qual­ity of play in all the parishes. And this will also be a path­way for young­sters to reach the na­tional level,” she added.

“The plan is to build on the good and im­prove what can be im­proved ... . Ev­ery­body likes a win­ner, so as long as the ladies are do­ing well and mak­ing Ja­maica proud, we know that cor­po­rate Ja­maica will come on board.” “The Sun­shine Girls have al­ways made Ja­maica proud and I be­lieve in my coach (Con­nie Francis). We selected her and she has done well and we ex­pect her to con­tinue do­ing well. So we are tak­ing the time to do the work, and as soon as this (pan­demic) is lifted we will be back on the courts work­ing hard again,” added Robin­son.

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