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Fowler ready to do well at ANZ Champs

Published:Friday | November 16, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Ace goal shooter Jhaniele Fowler (left) with Jamaica Netball Association President Marva Bernard shortly after the Sunshine Girls returned from the World Fast5 Series in New Zealand on Tuesday. Jamaica placed fourth in the tournament. - Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer

Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer

Jamaica's Sunshine Girls goal shooter, Jhaniele Fowler, said she will not be fazed by the high expectations and pressure placed on her shoulders when she suits up for Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel in next year's ANZ Championships.

"There won't be any pressure on me to perform when I get there," said Fowler in an interview with The Gleaner.

"A lot has always been expected of me, and I have always been delivering, whether it is for my country or for my club Waulgrovians."

Prolific shooter

The 23-year-old, who was the most prolific shooter for the Sunshine Girls at the World Netball Championships in Singapore last year, has emerged as one of the world's top goal shooters over the past year.

"I plan to go down and be the best shooter in the league," Fowler said. "All I have to do is to train hard and stay focused throughout the championships," she said.

The Southern Steel finished second from bottom in the ANZ Championships this year, but Fowler said that she will be doing her best to help them reach the finals of next year's competition.

"My aim is also to make my team reach the final of the championships," said Fowler.

Tallest player

The powerful shooter, who stands at 6'6", is set to become the tallest player in the ANZ championships, eclipsing Aiken by three-quarters of an inch.

The lanky player added that she is not worried by the fact that it will be cold in her soon-to-be home of Invercargill, which is located in New Zealand's deep south.

"I have been to a lot of countries that are cold so I am not worrying about it," Fowler said.

"I do feel a bit nervous about relocating to another country, because I don't have any friends or family there."

Fowler, who is scheduled to start a four-year degree programme at the University of Technology next September, also revealed that she has decided to put off her studies.

"I think that this is the right decision because it is going to be a good chance to better my skills against some of the best players in the world," she remarked.

Fowler is scheduled to leave the island in January for preseason training with her new teammates.