Jamaica national netball team
|Head coach||Minette Reynolds|
|Best result||3rd (1991, 2003, 2007)|
|Best result||3rd (2002)|
The Jamaica national netball team, commonly known as the Sunshine Girls, represent Jamaica in international netball competition. Netball is the number one women's sport in Jamaica and the majority of the schools in Jamaica participate. Netball receives full media coverage on television, radio and in newspapers. Jamaica were coached by former representative Oberon Pitterson, and captained by midcourt veteran Nadine Bryan up to the end of 2013. However, a Technical Director (Jill McIntosh) and new coach (Minette Reynolds), were appointed in early 2014. As of 31 July 2013, Jamaica are fourth in the IFNA World Rankings.
Netball started being played in Jamaican schools in 1909. In 1959, the Jamaica Netball Association was formed and affiliated with the West Indies Netball Board. A team representing Jamaica was invited to compete at the West Indies Tournament held in August that year in Montserrat.
Since their first international game in 1959, the Sunshine Girls have participated in every World Netball Championships, finishing no lower than sixth. Jamaica placed third in three World Championships – in 1991, 2003 and 2007. They have played in all four Commonwealth Games netball events to date, winning a bronze medal in 2002 in Manchester. Jamaica also won a silver medal in the inaugural World Netball Series tournament in 2009.
In 2011, former Jamaican captain Oberon Pitterson was appointed the new head coach for the Sunshine Girls at the 2011 World Netball Championships in Singapore. Longstanding captain Simone Forbes did not attend the World Championships after testing positive the banned substance Clomiphene and was replaced by Nadine Bryan.
2011 Sunshine Girls
|2011 Sunshine Girls|
Notable past players
|World Netball Championships|
|1963||1st World Championships||Eastbourne, England||5th|
|1967||2nd World Championships||Perth, Australia||6th|
|1971||3rd World Championships||Kingston, Jamaica||4th|
|1975||4th World Championships||Auckland, New Zealand||5th|
|1979||5th World Championships||Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago||5th|
|1983||6th World Championships||Singapore||5th|
|1987||7th World Championships||Glasgow, Scotland||5th|
|1991||8th World Championships||Sydney||3rd|
|1995||9th World Championships||Birmingham, England||5th|
|1999||10th World Championships||Christchurch, New Zealand||4th|
|2003||11th World Championships||Kingston, Jamaica||3rd|
|2007||12th World Championships||Auckland, New Zealand||3rd|
|2011||13th World Championships||Singapore||4th|
|Netball at the Commonwealth Games|
|1998||XVI Games||1st Netball||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||5th|
|2002||XVII Games||2nd Netball||Manchester, England||3rd|
|2006||XVIII Games||3rd Netball||Melbourne, Australia||4th|
|2010||XIX Games||4th Netball||Delhi, India||4th|
|World Netball Series|
|2009||1st World Series||Manchester, England||2nd|
|2010||2nd World Series||Liverpool, England||3rd|
|2011||3rd World Series||Liverpool, England||4th|
|2012||4th World Series||Auckland, New Zealand||4th|
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- "Jamaica Netball Association: Senior Squad". Retrieved 10 June 2011.