Aiken joins Sunshine Girls training squad
THE Jamaica Netball Association (JNA) has announced that ace goalshooter Romelda Aiken will arrive in the island today to join the training camp for the national team which is about to start preparation for an anticipated tour of England in September.
Aiken has decided to rejoin the Sunshine Girls and has expressed a desire to be a part of the thrust to take the team to the highest level.
Locally, Aiken has also represented JAMALCO in the Berger Paints Super League competition.
National coach Oberon Pitterson-Natte expressed confidence that Aiken's return would add the necessary depth to the squad which is currently ranked third in the world.
Jamaica recently claimed Caribbean supremacy after winning all their matches at the AFNA tournament held in Trinidad and Tobago last month.
The national team is also gathering momentum for an outstanding performance at the International Fast 5 Series in New Zealand in November for which Aiken will be available.
The 6'5" Aiken who represents the Queensland Fire in the ANZ Championships last played for the Sunshine Girls at the World Netball Championships (WNC) in Singapore in July last year.
The 22-year-old Aiken, who is one of the most respected goalshooters in the sport, took a break from the national team after the World Championships and decided to remain in Australia where she has lived and played for the past four years.
She was an integral part of the Queensland Fires' championship effort in 2011 when they claimed the winners' trophy, and was also a key member of their 2012 team which recently completed a hectic season.