Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
Jamaica's ace netball shooter Jhaniele Fowler has joined track stars Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce as national athletes to be featured by Trans World Sports Production out of United Kingdom.
Trans World Sports, which is produced by IMG Media in London and shown worldwide on a variety of television channels, is the world's longest running weekly international television sports programme.
The programme has been in continuous production every week since May 1987 and is shown in over 53 countries worldwide. It has also featured the likes of golf great, Tiger Woods, tennis players Roger Federer,Rafael Nadal and the Williams sisters, Venus and Serena.
Carl Adejobi, assistant producer of IMG, says Fowler has proven to be the best netballer in the world and so they decided to feature the Jamaican on their programme.
"We know that netball is the most popular female sport in Jamaica and she seems to be the biggest star at the moment; and it just seems natural that she would make this feature," said Adejobi, following Thursday's video shoot, which was held at the Leila Robinson Courts.
"Jhaniele is a great ambassador for Jamaica and the fact that she has gone to New Zealand in her first season and dominated the league is a testament to her grounding that she got in Jamaica," said Adejobi.
He added that the feature will be shown at the end of September and it will also be broadcast on Youtube.com.
The 24-year-old Fowler, who is regarded as the best goalshooter in the world, lit up the ANZ Netball Championships in New Zealand this year, where she broke several records. She is delighted with the exposure she has received.
"It is a good opportunity to showcase me personally, my background, and so I am happy for it," said Fowler.
"I do see myself as an ambassador for Jamaica because anywhere I go I lift my flag high and I speak about my country and I am well aware of what is going on in my country."
The Jamaican, who plays for the New Zealand-based Southern Steel, finished with 666 goals from 709 attempts on the outstanding 93.9 per cent shooting to break the league's record for most goals in a season. She also holds the record for most goals in a game, after netting 65 twice during the season.
Fowler, who was playing in her debut season, also captured the Most Valuable Player award, as well as the ANZ Championship's Best New Talent and named as Goalshooter in the 2013 Foxtel ANZ Championship All-Star team.
She shared her excitement about being featured on Trans World Sports.
"I was excited when I got the call that I was going to be featured on this programme," Fowler said. "The fact that they are coming from so far just to feature me and to show where I am coming from is a great feeling.
"I am happy to know that I'm in a class with these big stars and there is only better to come from me for this," Fowler said.