Sunshine Girl Griffiths the ‘silent killer’ ready for Netball World Cup

first_imgJamaica Sunshine Girls have two of the most talented and highly rated goal shooters on the planet in Romelda Aiken and Jhaniele Fowler-Reid. But no matter how excellent a team’s goal shooters are, they need players to complement them in order for the team to become successful.In goal attack Anna-Kay Griffiths, the Sunshine Girls have that player.Griffiths is expected to be the main supply line to the shooters, as well as provide backup shooting, but the Sunshine Girls, who has already played at the World Cup, is ready to play her part in the quest for gold Down Under.”I am very much ready, as ready as I can be. This year is different, the focus and the team bonding has helped us to gel together and it’s a beautiful feeling,” she told The Gleaner before the team’s departure on Thursday. “I am quite comfortable with the girls and I don’t have much to focus on more than to go out there and execute.”I gained some experience from my first World Cup, so my experience from the first one I will be applying it to this one,” she stated.Stronger, more confident”My game has improved a lot and I am stronger mentally and physically and I am more confident,” she added.The St Catherine Racers player, who took a two-year hiatus from international netball before returning to the squad last year, says, at first look, an opponent or spectator might underestimate her ability. However, she said, after seeing her on the court, one normally gets a total different impression, and she insists upon being ready to play her best in her supporting role to Aiken and Fowler-Reid.”I am a silent killer. People will look at me and say that I cannot do that, but when they see me do it they don’t believe. So I am a conservative person, but when I go out on the court I give it my best,” Griffiths remarked.”We have been training together and we have been doing a lot of passing (combination plays) in to Romelda and Jahniele and we seem to understand each other inside the circle, so that part of it is good.”The environment that we are in has been perfect, so that has been a plus for us. It’s for us to go out and execute. I am just focused and I know I will get the support from my coaches and my teammates, I’ve just got to go out and do my best,” she said.last_img read more

Keralabranded taxis to ply in Dubai to promote tourist offerings

first_imgIn an effort to tap the outbound tourism season in Middle East, Kerala Tourism is targeting the Arab travellers by rolling out a high-octane promotional campaign in Dubai, showcasing the state’s spectacular features via colourful visuals draped on a bevy of taxis moving through the bustling metropolis.Around 200 Kerala branding taxis will ferry the message of ‘A Faraway Land Four Hours Away’– with eye-catching visuals featuring hill stations, backwaters, waterfalls as also Ayurvedic therapies – through the streets of Dubai.“Apart from the favourable climate, the relative proximity and excellent air connectivity between Kerala and the cities of the Middle East make it easier to attract holiday makers to the state,” said Dr Venu V, Principal Secretary of Tourism.With Arab tourists being one of the biggest spenders, Kerala has received more than one lakh visitors in from the region in 2015. The majority came from Saudi Arabia with 51,149 Saudi nationals visiting last year, while Oman accounted for 18,763 footfalls.“As the holiday season in the Middle East coincides with the Monsoon season here, Kerala is well-positioned to benefit from the influx of travellers looking to trade in the sizzle and dust for cooler climes and greener pastures,” said U V Jose, Director, Kerala Tourism.last_img read more