The Star (Jamaica)

JOA donates bus to Sunshine Girls


The President of Netball Jamaica ( NJ), Tricia Robinson, has expressed gratitude to the Jamaica Olympic Associatio­n (JOA) for providing them with a Coaster bus to transport the Sunshine Girls.

This ‘Good Samaritan’ act was effected yesterday by the island’s governing body for sports, after NJ’s two Coaster buses were stolen from Netball House in St Andrew in the wee hours of Sunday morning.

The Toyota Coaster buses, used to transport the national netball teams to and from training and matches, were said to be stripped of their decals before they were removed from the premises.

Robinson told STAR Sports that a number of other entities have also offered assistance to her associatio­n, which oversees the affairs of female’s most popular sport in the country.

“We are appreciati­ve of their assistance,” said Robinson, who noted that more help is forthcomin­g.

“... Stewart’s Automotive is also assisting us,” she said.

“It will help to ease some of the constraint­s on us in terms of travelling, but we want back our buses,” said the NJ boss. “There is nothing like your own and so we want back our buses.”

Continuing, Robinson revealed “This bus that they (JOA) has given us will be used to pick up and drop off the players to and from training.”

Robert Scott, second vicepresid­ent, JOA, said they were very dishearten­ed to hear of NJ’s losses.

“From our sponsorshi­p from Toyota, we have a bus and our sponsors and our CEO (Chief Executive Officer), Ryan Foster, has made it available for the transporta­tion of these athletes and so we have stepped in there,” said Scott.


“We immediatel­y responded when we heard because it is regrettabl­e and it also speaks to us as a nation that if we can be robbing and killing people in churches then it says a lot about us,” he said.

Scott pointed out that the JOA stands ready to assist other sporting bodies that may fall in the same situation as the NJ.

“We will continue to work with what we have and we will continue to provide relief support and care for those associatio­ns so affected,” he noted.

The buses that were stolen were donated to NJ by the Jamaica Public Service and FLOW. Both were comprehens­ively insured.

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