Got TIPS or BREAKING NEWS? Please call + 1 284 346-6397 or 393-6397 or 1-284-494-1338-office; ads call 440-6666                               Tune into CBN-Telv chan 51 @ 6:00am; 12:00noon; 6:30pm & 10:00pm for Daily Caribbean News updates from Nevis; St. kitts; Dominica; St. Maarten & Barbados: CBN- keeps you connected to the rest of the World

Sunshine Girls to appeal visa denial

October 10th, 2017 | Tags: Sunshine Girls US Visa appeal Australia netball
The Fast5 World Netball Series presents an opportunity for the Sunshine Girls to regain some confidence after their disappointing 1-1 draw in their last international series - a three-Tests contest with minnows Barbados back in April. Photo: Provided
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Wayne Lewis, communication director of Netball Jamaica, has confirmed that the association has appealed the United States Embassy's decision to deny visas to three members of the Sunshine Girls team, which is preparing for the Fast5 World Netball Series in Melbourne, Australia.

He added that the administration is looking into several alternatives, including rerouting the affected players through another country.

The trio of Shantal Slater, Shamera Sterling, and Jodian Ward, were all denied visas by the United States Embassy in the Kingston two weeks ago, creating a major setback to the local netball authority ahead of the Fast5 championship, which will be held from October 28-29, 2017.

"After talking to the president (Dr Paula Daley-Morris), it is my understanding that they have appealed the decision of the girls, and they have also reached out to the minister of sports for assistance with the matter," said Lewis.

Looking at alternatives

"However, outside of that, we are looking at other alternatives in trying to get the girls to Australia. We are very confident, and we are very positive and hopeful that our efforts will come to fruition," he said.

"We are very confident that things will work out for us because we want the best team in Australia, and so we are working assiduously to get them there," Lewis added.

He pointed out that the girls were very disappointed and saddened by the US Embassy's decision to deny them the visas to travel to the championships.

"These girls would have been gutted by the decision by the US Embassy not to grant them a visa because they have been working very hard in preparation for this tournament, and, of course, we are trying to keep their spirits up," said Lewis. "We are trying to let them know that they should not lose heart because we are working on trying to get them to Australia," he noted.

The Fast5 World Netball Series presents an opportunity for the Sunshine Girls to regain some confidence after their disappointing 1-1 draw in their last international series - a three-Tests contest with minnows Barbados back in April.

3 Responses to “ Sunshine Girls to appeal visa denial”

  • This is sheer stupidness (10/10/2017, 18:31) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    so many countries has lost many sporting tournaments, students exchanges, etc just thru this stupid visa issue as for most countries to gain access to other countries most of the time they have to go thru a US port which often work out cheaper or say more economical for organisations/countries. Something need to be done once more as it deem even more stupid to see a whole team having to go to Barbados sometimes just to get visa
  • i am also wondering if (10/10/2017, 18:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    these denials are in hot water with the embassy like over staying their previous visa, previous denials for other reasons also like fraudulent activities, etc. Anyway US embassy personnel see what you can do help these girls do not deny them an opportunity
    unity of a lifetime
  • ... (10/10/2017, 19:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    wish them all the best


Create a comment


Create a comment

Disclaimer: Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) welcomes your thoughts, feedback, views, bloggs and opinions. However, by posting a blogg you are agreeing to post comments or bloggs that are relevant to the topic, and that are not defamatory, liable, obscene, racist, abusive, sexist, anti-Semitic, threatening, hateful or an invasion of privacy. Violators may be excluded permanently from making contributions. Please view our declaimer above this article. We thank you in advance for complying with VINO's policy.

Follow Us On

Disclaimer: All comments posted on Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) are the sole views and opinions of the commentators and or bloggers and do not in anyway represent the views and opinions of the Board of Directors, Management and Staff of Virgin Islands News Online and its parent company.