Former national player Karen Joseph is now tasked with lifting the near dormant Antigua & Barbuda Netball Association (ABNA) out of the ashes and reviving the sport here after she was elected president of the body on Tuesday night.
The former goal shoot was unopposed in her bid to take the reins of the association and will serve for the next two years.
Her first task, Joseph said, is to bring Antigua & Barbuda up to date,
financially, with international bodies like the International Netball Federation (INF) and the Americas Federation of Netball Associations (AFNA).
“First and foremost, we are trying to get our dues paid to the overseas [international] bodies so that we can get a ranking and just to improve the netball in Antigua overall, starting from the youths and school level,” she said.
“We haven’t had an Antiguan representative in terms of netball for a while in the under-16, under-23 and even seniors, so we are trying to get back on track. We need to get updated where the rules are concerned; we need to have training camps so we can be updated with the netball and the rules that are new,” she added.
The former world ranked shooter also listed the revival of the senior national league as a priority for her team.
“Even though it may not happen before next year, we are going to work tirelessly to get it back on track. The best thing about it, though, is that we had 30 plus clubs registered and voted last night [Tuesday] and that is a great success. So we can see from that, that netball is moving forward,” the former player said.
Joseph will serve alongside other former national players like Khandi Jones (1st Vice President), Kennesia Cabral (2nd Vice President), Shirley Benjamin (Secretary), Chaka Grant (Treasurer), Harriet Destin (Assistant Secretary) Arlene Josiah (Floor Member), Kizzy Thomas (Floor Member,) and Vincere Barthley (Floor Member).
Joseph expressed confidence in her team.
“It’s a case where myself and my executive went in there just to try and revive netball. I have a good team and I must say too that we recognise the last executive because they have given their dues and we wouldn’t want to work without them advising us,” she said.
Tuesday’s election was held at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.