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Top international coach wants to help rebuild T&T netball

Published:Friday | August 21, 2015 | 8:00 AM

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):

A leading international coach has expressed an interest in assisting the Trinidad and Tobago team in their attempt to dominate world netball, the country's netball chief has disclosed.

Dr Patricia Butcher, the president of the Trinidad and Tobago Netball Association says former Australian netball and New Zealand assistant coach, Vickie Wilson is interested in becoming technical director for netball in T&T.

Dr Butcher and Wilson discussed the idea on the margins of the 14th Netball World Cup which concluded in Sydney Australia on Sunday.

"So while in Australia my discussions were with people like Vickie Wilson, a former top Australian netball captain and player, who served as the assistant coach of the New Zealand team at the just concluded World Cup," Dr Butcher disclosed.

"She is willing to come down here and assist us."

Trinidad and Tobago, led by Joelisa Cooper, placed ninth in the 16-team tournament while the highest placed finishers from the Caribbean were Jamaica who secured fourth spot.

Australia emerged the champions, beating New Zealand in the final.

"Our team possesses the necessary netball talent to get back at the top, but the association does not even have the technical person that can take us there," said the netball association president.

"I'm not saying this to pull down anyone in T&T, but if we as a sport have to advance in terms of modern and scientific techniques, we need assistance at the highest level".