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Wilson beaming after Thunderbirds extension

Published:Thursday | September 23, 2021 | 12:05 AM

National senior netball player Latanya Wilson signed a two-year contract extension with the Adelaide Thunderbirds in Suncorp Super Netball in Australia earlier this week.

Wilson, 20, who plays wing defence, had a relatively quiet year for the Thunderbirds in her debut season, where she was mostly used as a substitute player.

Wilson said she is delighted that she was given another opportunity by the club to prove herself in the league and is looking to make her mark next season.

“I am elated because it is every netballer’s dream to go to Australia and play, and I am excited that my dream is finally coming through and I got another opportunity to showcase my talent Down Under,” she said. “Last season was great, but it is a work in progress for me because I still think that there is more that I can showcase, and there is always room for growth, so I am excited to see what next year and 2023 will bring.”

Wilson, a former Gaynstead High School netballer, played in 13 matches for the Thunderbirds, nine of which were substitute appearances.

“It wasn’t until the end of the season that I actually started in the matches, but I have benefited a lot from the experience in many ways, and one is that I have seen a lot of different styles of play,” she said.

“I also experienced different types of umpiring, and I was also coached by different coaches down there, so it was truly a great experience, and I am looking forward to great things next season.”

Wilson says another of her main aims for next season is to cement her place in the starting line-up.

The Thunderbirds is also the club of Wilson’s national teammate Shamera Sterling, who was among the top defenders in the league.

Wilson is expected to suit up for the Sunshine Girls in their tri-nation series at home against South Africa and Trinidad and Tobago next month.