THE Jamaica Netball Association (JNA) yesterday announced plans for Oberon Pitterson-Nattie, the head coach of the Sunshine Girls, to stay in New Zealand for a month of intensive training, following the conclusion of the Fast5 Netball World Series 2012.
The series will be held in New Zealand from November 9-11. The top six ranked teams are automatic qualifiers.
Following the tournament, Pitterson-Nattie will be the guest of Sheryl Dawson, past IFNA President and the CEO of the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magics — the franchise team that copped top honours in this year's ANZ Championship.
Marva Bernard, president of the JNA, expressed satisfaction at the plans for the head coach and said: "This is a part of the JNA's plan for the development of the national coaches. Pitterson-Nattie will be exposed to the training and fitness techniques of this elite team which boasts well-known New Zealand national players such as Irene Van Dyke and Maria Tutaia, who play goal attack and goal shooter for the Silver Ferns. We are very pleased with this development and look forward to future opportunities like this."
Pitterson-Nattie said: "I am excited at the prospect of the one month stay in New Zealand. In particular, I am looking forward to focusing on the use of technology in training techniques through video and game analysis. I am also looking forward to working alongside the coach of the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magics, Noeline Taurua, who was recently appointed assistant coach of the Silver Ferns."
The Sunshine Girls are scheduled to leave on November 3 and will return on November 13. Pitterson-Nattie on the other hand will return to the island on December 8.