|Members of the Jamaica Netball Team take a photo with a symbolic cheque presented by Sagicor on Tuesday, April 14 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel. Sagicor, presented the Sunshine Girls with $3M toward their preparation for the Netball World Cup in Sydney, Australia set for. Back row: (l-r) Simone Gordon, Vandelee Williams, Kadie-Ann Dehaney, Malysha Kelly, Shantal Slater, Sasher-Gaye Henry, Paula Thompson. Front row: (l-r) Adean Thomas, Thristina Harwood, Shanice Beckford, Nicole Dixon, Khadijah Williams, Trishana Hanson, Nicole Aiken-Pinnock|
Richard Byles, President and CEO of Sagicor Group who has attended a practice session of the Sunshine Girls, explained his firm's support for the group. "Health, sports and education are at the core of our corporate social responsibility. We recognise this group as one of the best national teams since Jamaica's independence. A lack of sponsorship should be the last reason to stop them from moving forward to further develop brand Jamaica," said Byles.
Marva Bernard, President of Netball Jamaica was heartened by the support from Sagicor. "We have come a far way and feel honoured that Sagicor sees the commitment we have for the sport. This gesture emphasises that it takes team work to achieve. Our team is bigger than the Sunshine Girls and we welcome all Jamaicans to be part of this hard working team. The Sunshine Girls are among the top ranking teams in the world and we intend to make Jamaica proud at the World Cup."
The 2015 Netball World Cup is formerly known as the World Netball Championships. The event was first held in 1963 and is the premier event for international netball - held every four years. For over 50 years the Sunshine girls has been placing consistently among the top 5 in international competitions. Netball has been Jamaica's most successful team sport with multiple podium finishes as high as second in fast 5, third at the Netball World Cup and the common wealth games and First in the Caribbean.
The competition is contested by the top 16 qualifying nations and will take place over 10 days from with 64 matches held at the Sydney Olympic Park. This year's qualifiers are Australia, New Zealand, England, Jamaica, Malawi, South Africa, Wales, Scotland, Fiji, Samoa, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Uganda and Zambia.
Sagicor Group Jamaica is a financial services conglomerate. The Group offers products and services in the areas of Banking, Insurance, Investments, Real Estate, Asset Management and Retirement Planning. Sagicor Life Jamaica Limited is the leading Life and Health insurance provider in Jamaica. The Company commenced operations in 1970 as Life of Jamaica Limited, the first locally owned life insurance company and the first life insurance company to be listed on the JSE. The Sagicor Group owns the 3rd largest bank in Jamaica and one of the top Investments Company. Sagicor Group Jamaica is a member of the wider Sagicor Financial Corporation. Sagicor Financial Corporation operates in over 20 countries and its operations date back to 1840.