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Netball, the centre of Alexander’s attention

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Sunday, December 3, 2017
Christopher Aird, left, Republic Bank’s group marketing and communications manager’s assistant, presents Keisha Alexander with a trophy at the Laventille Netball League’s closing ceremony yesterday.

Keisha Alexander recently wrapped up a second-place finish in the Republic Bank Laventille Netball League with her club SWWTU Malvern Netball Club.

She plays centre court for her club, which is no easy position as she essentially dictates the tempo of he team’s play with responsibilities both in defence as well as transitioning and supporting in attack.

Alexander told Guardian Media Sports, “Being a centre court player is very tough because you have the entire court to run. You must have the energy and the endurance to go the full mile. You carry the game.”

Second place was a tough finish for Alexander and her team. Her attitude is still of optimism though. “I would say I played a very good tournament. Also, you have your bad days and your good days, so you just go and try to do your best every day,” she told us.

Now, together with her club, Alexander seeks to pass on her knowledge and talent in netball to special children at the Cascade Home for the Deaf.

Being from St Anns herself, Alexander said, “Netball has done a lot for me, and we want to bring awareness to all children, although some of them may have a disability, we don’t want them to be left out. We want to give them an opportunity to at least play netball.”

While she dedicates a significant amount of he time to the sport she loves, Alexander admits that she juggles a daytime job and as well as classes. She sat that because of her immense passion for the game, she will never choose one over the other.

“My biggest challenge is putting aside things. On certain days, I have work, school and netball practice, and sometimes you would find us running away from class early just to come to netball practice, because we love netball.” she said.

It is her love for the sport that keeps her trying to perfect that balance to her life daily with netball, and although one may sometimes outweigh the other, Alexander will continue to play the sport she loves.

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