Mikala Morrison of Queen’s rules the court
At The Queen’s School a netball star is on the rise, and the mere mention of her name engenders synonyms of promise and glory.
Mikala Morrison, just 15 years old, has already left her mark on the netball court in a manner that belies her age.
This year proved to be a watershed moment for her as she led The Queen’s School to triumph in the Corporate Area netball championships for which she was voted Most Valuable Player. But the victories didn’t stop there.
Inspired by Morrison, the school’s success extended to the national stage where she helped guide it to the prestigious all-island national in a 21-18 victory over Manchester High School.
“I am very proud of my team’s achievement because we worked very hard and we were hungry for the win. Being my first time in the finals, I think my performance was stunning — it even surprised me — but it was all hard work and dedication which led us to persevere and pull through,” she said.
“This season was a very long journey for us because there were a lot of ups and downs in the first round of the competition but we stood our ground and we all pulled through together,” Morrison added.
The court was her canvas, and Morrison painted pictures of resilience, strategy, and unmatched talent. Her leadership on the court was akin to a seasoned captain, guiding her team to success over tough opponents.
Morrison paid tribute to her Coach Marvette Anderson for her work with the team.
“I want to say a big thank you to my coaches and support staff for their tireless hard work and for motivating us when we needed it the most.”
Spurred by her season success Morrison already has her eyes on representing the national Under-18 team, and later the senior Sunshine Girls. The Majesty Gardens native admits she draws much inspiration from towering figure in Jamaican netball, Jhaniele Fowler.
The national netball goal shooter’s precision and dominance on the court captivated Mikala’s attention to the point that she hopes to walk in the footsteps of the iconic Fowler.
“Fowler has been my idol ever since I started to watch netball; I always like how she led her team to countless victories and how dominant she is on the court,” Morrison said.
Beyond netball, Morrison has made a name in basketball as well, representing The Queen’s School at the Under-19 level. But it is through netball she is self-actualising.
Still in the bloom of youth, Morrison is already a source of inspiration for aspiring young netballers of her own generation as well as the youngsters coming behind and her success is testament to the transformative power of sport — even if one emerges from the most humble of situations.