“We want Fast 5 in Jamaica”, an animated Minister Grange said at a reception she hosted at the Jamaica Pegasus last night for the Sunshine Girls who returned from the just concluded Fast5 Netball World Series in Australia with the silver medal.
The Sport Minister was responding to a wish voiced by INF President, Mrs Molly Rhone who said during her presentation, which preceded the Minister’s, that “it would be so good for us if we could host the tournament.”
Mrs. Rhone had pointed out that New Zealand was the first country in which the revised tournament was held and Australia will continue to host it for the next two years. She explained that each country plays host for three years straight before the it goes to another country.
Miss Grange said her Ministry was also working hard with the President of the, National Badminton Association, Mr Vishu Tolan, to get the International Badminton Championships to be held in Jamaica next year.
She said also, that the number of United States colleges coming to Jamaica to play basketball would increase to 18 teams next year.
The plan, Miss Grange said, was to make Jamaica the leading sports tourism destination in the world.
The Minister told the Sunshine Girls and the other guests from Netball Jamaica, that it was “the least we could do to host this reception as a token of our appreciation for the way you the ladies delivered at the Tournament.”
“So tonight I invite the nation to join with me in saluting the Sunshine Girls for putting in their best effort in the Fast5 competition since the introduction of the
Tournament in 2012.
“All of Jamaica, in particular netball fans and supporters, felt great. This was one time when the silver was just like the gold because you had proven that the Sunshine Girls could beat the English Roses. The finals could have gone either way. Your performance was really ‘tun up’ for this Fast5 tournament.”
The Sport Minister, who presented the Sunshine Girls and support staff with cash gifts, assured them that, “You have the commitment of the Ministry of Sport. I assure you of my commitment to assist in any area that you may need help, to the best of our ability.
“I stand ready to offer, if nothing else, advice. What is important is that the welfare of the sport remains uppermost in our minds and governs our actions.
Our dream is the Team and teamwork makes the dream works.”
Minister Grange also announced that the Sport Development Foundation was open to considering requests from the sporting organisations for funding that might be over and above their normal allocations. “Such requests must be accompanied by solid justification from the organization applying,” the Minister said.
- Countries: Jamaica