Kingston, 19 May 2022 – The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, announced today that her Ministry is giving support worth Twelve Million Dollars to assist Netball Jamaica to host the Qualifier for the 2023 Netball World Cup.
The Minister made the announcement at the Launch of the Americas Netball World Cup Qualifier for which she has also accepted Netball Jamaica’s invitation to be the official Patron.
Minister Grange said, “The Ministry and its Agencies are providing J$1.8M to Netball Jamaica for team preparation; J$2.5M for transport; and will be covering the cost of rental of the National Indoor Sports Centre where the Qualifier will take place from October 16 to 21, 2022.”
Ten teams will be playing in the Qualifier for the two remaining places that would see them competing in the World Cup. Jamaica is already qualified by virtue of its number four world ranking.
Minister Grange said:
“I am proud, all of Jamaica is proud of this first for Netball Jamaica; playing host for the staging of a Netball World Cup Qualifier. The upcoming Qualifier will certainly serve to project Netball Jamaica afresh to the nation.
We anticipate that on the final day of the Netball World Cup on August 6, 2023, when Jamaica celebrates its 61st Anniversary of Independence, our Sunshine Girls will be one of the two teams competing for the title and that they will be the new champions of world netball.
Netball and our Sunshine Girls have always made us proud.”