INF world ranking: 10
World Cups played: 13
Highest World Cup finish: 1
Netball is Trinidad and Tobago’s most successful international sport and they have a long history of appearances at the Netball World Cup, having played at 13 of the 14 tournaments to date. They are also the only other nation except for Australia and New Zealand to be crowned World Netball Champions, having tied first place with New Zealand and Australia in 1979. Trinidad and Tobago remained undefeated throughout the Regional Qualifier – Americas to qualify for Liverpool.
Ones to watch:
Rhonda John-Davis will set a world record for the number of World Cup appearances when she steps on to the court in Liverpool. The wing attack has played at five World Cups to date – 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015, making Liverpool her sixth! Nick-named “Eye in the Sky” by former teammate Crystal Ann George, John-Davis’ vision on the court is second to none. Not only does the Trinidadian represent her country in netball, she also competed at a national level in basketball, a sport in which her husband also competed internationally. When she isn’t training – which she does six days a week -John-Davis works as a lecturer and is currently studying for a Masters degree in digital marketing.
Netball is in Kalifa McCollin’s blood – her mother and father both played the sport, so much of her childhood was spent courtside watching them in action. “It was natural for me to follow suit” she says, and at the tender age of six McCollin made her debut in her local league. Now ages 23 she plays goal attack for the Celtic Dragons in the Vitality Netball Superleague. The 2015 World Cup in Sydney was McCollin’s first taste of the ferocity of the international stage, where she achieved an impressive 92% shooting average.