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Beckett calls for overseas netball czar

BARRY ALLEYNE, [email protected]

Beckett calls for overseas netball czar

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IT’S TIME for a highly qualified overseas coach to take over Barbados’ national netball programmes.

That’s the view of former president of the Barbados Netball Association (BNA), Annette Beckett.

Beckett, who was BNA chief for 16 years between 1991 and 2007, believes the BNA should make it a top priority to present a proposal to the Barbados Olympic Association (BOA) to import a coach from powerhouses Australia or New Zealand to train local coaches for at least six months in the first instance.

The former president was cringing all last week, as the Bajan Gems lost the first five matches they played in the Netball World Cup in Australia, before finally defeating Sri Lanka for their first win of the tournament.

“The person who is coaching the senior team must be able to bring that team, if it is ranked ninth, up from that ranking. And even if upward movement isn’t achieved immediately, then it must be seen that improvement is on the cards. The present system we have doesn’t allow for that,” Beckett added. (BA)


Please read the full story in today’s Sunday Sun, or in the eNATION edition.