Community, Thorne supporting Chase
The community of Lower Carter’s Gap Enterprise B Christ Church came together recently at Durham Bar and Variety to celebrate the success of Barbados Under-21 netball player Rashida Chase.
Chase is currently on tour with the national team which is participating at the Americas Federation of Netball Associations (AFNA) Netball World Youth Qualifiers which will run from Monday to August 28 in St Maarten.
Chase was recognized for being the first female from the area to represent Barbados at this level in netball.
Speaking with Barbados TODAY before her departure Chase said it felt great to see how much her hard work continued to pay off with the outpouring of love and support from her family, friends and Barbados Labour Party representative for Christ Church South Ralph Thorne who presented an undisclosed sum of money to her in an envelope to assist with her trip.
“I am accustomed to this kind of support because this is not the first time that I would have made a national team because I played under sixteen netball for Barbados and in first form at Garrison I made the Caribbean Union of Teachers team because I was also an athlete. So it comes normal to hearing thanks and hope you do good from those who know me,” she said.
The versatile player who normally plays wing-defence or mid court said her journey in the sport began from her days at St Christopher Primary and since attending Garrison Secondary School now Graydon Sealy, her physical education teacher and netball coach Sandra Bruce- Small has encouraged her to stick with the discipline.
The 20-year-old also played for University of the West Indies Blackbirds A team which captured both the Barbados Netball Association League and Knockout titles this year.
Other members of the under-21 team are: captain Sheniqua Thomas, Amanda Knight, Vanessa Bobb, Sade Sargeant, Jamie Drayton, Shonte Seale, Shanice Wharton, Dominique Browne, Rashida Chase, Shonica Wharton, Shakeela Davis and Vanessa Reid-Cox.
Once the Bajan Gems are successful they will then be eligible to compete at the World Youth Tournament slated for Botswana in July, 2017.