KINGSTON, Jamaica, (CMC):
President of the International Federation of Netball Associations, Molly Rhone, will receive the Order of Jamaica, the country's fifth highest national award, for her contribution to sports administration, in the island and overseas.
Rhone has been president of IFNA for the last eight years and she will receive the insignia at this year's National Honours and Awards ceremony in celebration of National Heroes Day today at King's House.
"Wherever I am, whatever I am, and whatever I'm involved in, I should make a difference," said Rhone ahead of the presentation of the honour. "If I haven't made a difference, then I ought not to have been there."
This is the third national honour for Rhone.
She received the Order of Distinction/Officer Class about 12 years ago and the Order of Distinction/Commander Class eight years later.
Rhone influenced the restructuring of the administration of IFNA and planned to continue implementing strategies and programmes to enhance the development of the sport.
"You cannot move and be taken seriously without a proper structure and a strategic business plan," she said.
Rhone noted that her most important project as IFNA president has been an empowerment programme for women in India and Africa, which has earned the world governing body three awards for projects that they have implemented in the two countries.