Jamaica Observer / What started out as just a dream and a mere concept is about to come to life, as the launch for the inaugural staging of the Americas Federation of Netball Associations (AFNA) 2018 Champion of Champions High Schools Netball Tournament takes place today at the Spanish Court Hotel starting at 10:00 am. The tournament idea was born out of acommittee established at the last AGM of the AFNA, the regional governing body for netball, in September of last year in Trinidad and Tobago. That committee is chaired by former Netball Jamaica president Marva Bernard and comprises members from the USA, Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados.

“We are not playing enough tournaments in the region and we did a survey to find out what would be good and what people wanted, and this is the result of one of the ideas that we came up with,” Bernard said.

Twelve high school teams from across the region will participate in the competition. They will be divided into two zones and the draw will be conducted at the launch today. This competition is the first of its kind as there is no such competition in any of the other regions of the International Netball Federation (INF)

The countries represented at this year’s tournament are Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Those expected to be present at the launch include the Minister of Sport Olivia Grange and the president of the International Netball Federation, Jamaican Molly Rhone.

“I am excited for my sport and my country, and I am excited for the team that is working with me on this. I am on pins and needles that the competition will be a success,” said an overjoyed Bernard.

The competition gets going on July 15 at the Leila Robinson Courts.

— Dwayne Richards

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