Wray and Nephew commits $14m to netball
The Sunshine Girls played their first Commonwealth Games netball final against Australia in Birmingham, England, yesterday and local alcohol distillers Wray and Nephew said cheers by committing $14 million over the next three years to the national netball programme.
Netball Jamaica president Tricia Robinson welcomed the contribution but insisted that a lot more is still needed to make up their target of $41 million needed to properly prepare for the World Cup in South Africa next year.
"We do not have the resources that we need. We are grateful that Wray and Nephew has come on board to support us. We are also grateful to our league sponsor Beryllium and we are hoping that more corporate companies will come on board because we do need more," she said.
"The team tours New Zealand in September to prepare for the World Cup in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2023 and that is another step. It is intention to win the World Cup," Robinson said while adding that their $41 million target is a lot, but collectively it is reachable.
After beating world number one, Australia, in the group stage and New Zealand in the semi-finals, the Sunshine Girls fell short after Australia, who turned the table in yesterday's decider, denied them the gold.
Robinson said that despite not getting the desired result, she was extremely proud of their effort.
"When the ladies put on the black, green and gold they play with pride. The girls played their hearts out and we are extremely grateful.
"We wanted to give the nation the gold but it was not to be. But the girls gave it their all and we are very proud of them.
"We have never played for the gold medal and we played for it today (Sunday) and were rewarded with the silver. So we look forward to the next Commonwealth Games when we will look to take home the gold," she said.
Meanwhile, Wray and Nephew's marketing manager, Pavel Smith, said over the years there have been calls for public and private sector support to match the successes of the Sunshine Girls who have consistently been world class on the global stage.
"We aim to support the Sunshine Girls in executing incredible performances like we have seen at the Commonwealth Games.
"The Sunshine Girls have consistently showcased to the world what true Jamaican character and spirit look like.
"The $14 million cash will go towards their gears, local transportation, international travel, and other recurring expenses that they have been vocal to the public about." he said