Young women needed to develop basketball

Barbados Amateur Basketball Association president, Derek Garrett is very concerned about the development of women’s basketball on the island.

Speaking during the opening ceremony this afternoon for the 2014 Senior Girls Basketball tournament sponsored by WIBISCO and organized by the National Sports Council (NSC), Garrett said that the older women were continuing to dominate the sport and that not enough young women were coming through.

“What we have is the continued dominance of the older women in the domestic league and a lack of structured youth program for women’s basketball development,” Garrett said at the Springer School.

A few of the teams taking part in the 2014 Senior Girls Basketball tournament. (Picture by Morissa Lindsay)
A few of the teams taking part in the 2014 Senior Girls Basketball tournament. (Picture by Morissa Lindsay)

“It is hope that tournament like this and the training program just started in the primary schools will create the nursery for further development of the women’s basketball program.”

With regards to the primary school initiative the president said the programme was already gathering pace.

“I am heartened by a number of primary school girls who are turning out for these sessions,” he said.

“In some cases I am told that there are just has many girls participating has boys and this orders well for the future of this sport.”

Eight schools are scheduled to take part in the tournament including last years’ winners Queen’s College who will be led by their captain and season campaigner, Ashlee Daniel.

Other teams in the competition are Combermere, The St Michael School, Graydon Sealy, Harrison College, The Lester Vaughan School, Springer Memorial and Christ Church Foundation.

Daniel told Barbados TODAY Queen’s College were in high spirits going into the competition and were confident of a repeat of last year. She said they would be relying on defence and a lot of fast breaks offensively, to stay ahead of the competition.

The tournament is now in its 13th year and NSC coach and organizer for the tournament, Cosmo Edwards, said they would be seeking to increase the numbers in the future.

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