National captain taking a break - Forbes to concentrate on studies; quit netball after 2011 WNC

Published: Wednesday | December 9, 2009

Andre Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter

Jamaica's captain and goal attack, Simone Forbes, holds the ball as she is caught in a tangle with New Zealand's Joline Henry, during first-half action in the second Test of the recent National Commercial Bank Sunshine Series, at the National Indoor Sports Centre. - Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer.

Nadine Bryan will assume the role as captain of the Sunshine Girls - Jamaica's national netball team - starting next month as current leader Simone Forbes eyes a break from the sport for the coming year.

Forbes, who first played netball for her country at the Under 21 level in 1998 before making her full debut for the senior team a year later against Australia, has been playing non-stop since then and is hoping to use the time-off to complete her studies at the Mona School of Business, where she is pursuing a Masters degree.

While the length of the break remains uncertain, Forbes, 28, did mention that she will be available for the 2011 World Netball Championships (WNC), which will also be her last major tournament at the international level.

Playing consistently

"I have been playing consistently for a while now and I believe the time is right to take a break from netball and focus on some other areas that need attention. I am not retiring from the sport just yet; I am just taking some time off," Forbes said.

"The next World Championships in 2011 will definitely be my last one and after that I'll be retiring from international netball," said Forbes. "That is where my headspace is right now and it will be the case, unless something dramatic happens."

Meanwhile, JNA president Marva Bernard was understanding of Forbes' decision and went on to point out that the organisation will continue to support her in her new undertakings.

The importance of education

Said Bernard: "Simone has been playing for a long time and she is now trying to finish up her studies. At the JNA, we value the importance of education and the fact that she wishes to finish up we can only wish her the best."

Bernard went on to confirm that Bryan, who plays for Jamalco in the local leagues and who has been the team's vice-captain, will take charge of the team in the interim.

"While she (Forbes) is away Nadine will step in as team captain. She (Bryan) is quite capable of managing the process and she has continually demonstrated strong leadership and so we are certain that she will do a good job until Simone returns," Bernard added.

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