Aiken-Pinnock eyes gold in Australia
Sunshine Girls captain, Nicole Aiken-Pinnock, is confident Jamaica can top the top-rated teams in the Netball World Cup in Australia this August.
Aiken-Pinnock, who expects Jamaica to reach the semi-finals, says the girls have already put in a lot of work and can produce back-to-back wins against the two favourites, Australia and New Zealand, and go on to win their first world title.
"That's the whole plan (to go all the way), that is why we are in training so hard, but it all starts with believing, and I believe that the ladies are finally understanding what it takes to be champions and they are really working hard," Aiken-Pinnock said.
"They (players) are always putting in that extra work that is needed, and we try to understand what the coaches need from us and try to execute it as best as possible," she added while speaking to The Gleaner at the launch of the three-game series against Barbados at the Netball House this week.
Aiken-Pinnock said the championships will be a severe test, both physically and mentally.
"Only the best is good enough, and when we get to the semi-finals, that is where we usually have that struggle. So mentally, we have started to prepare ourselves for that hurdle already.
"Once we are over that semi-final hurdle, there is no turning back for us. We have beaten Australia and New Zealand already in Jamaica, and I believe that we can do it again. The ball is round, and anyone can win this championship once you have belief, because all the top teams are basically on the same level. It's just who turns up on the day and wants it more," she added.