USA Senior N’ballers. L-r; Roniesh Davis, Measha Brown, Annette Payne, Shameana Williams, Camille Henry, Georgia Gordon, Natalie Cousins, Tyiesha Reid, Tasha Morgan, Pheona Simpson. - contributed

By Aubrey Campbell

Friday, April 22, 2016 — The USA Netball Board of Directors and National Congress unanimously agreed to award the hosting of USA Netball 2016 National Championships to Lee County Sports Development of Southwest Florida, after considering their bid to host this prestigious event.

A massive showcase of Netball shall converge at Estero Community Park Recreation Centre, 9200 Corkscrew Palms Boulevard in the City of Estero, Florida, the weekend of July 29-31, this year.

“It’s official” stated Natalie Moodie, USA Netball President.

Natalie Moodie
Natalie Moodie

“The USA Netball 2016 National Championships will be held in the community of Fort Myers, Florida”.  She further stated, “We are elated that Lee County Sports Development has embraced USA Netball, the internationally recognized governing body for netball in the USA. We are pleased that Lee County Sports Development has joined in the movement to showcase the sport of netball in America. The Community of Fort Myers with its excellent national and international travel links, makes it an ideal venue to bring top class national and international netball players to an area where Netball is beginning to take hold”.

The USA Netball Championships will be held on the weekend of Saturday, July 30, and Sunday, July 31, 2016. From the opening ceremony and colourful uniform parade to the final whistle and awards ceremony, players will be looking to catch the eyes of the national selectors while giving their team, an opportunity to claim the prized hardware and bragging rights.

With teams coming from across the country and the Caribbean region, this annual championship promises to be a thriller, with clubs competing for an attractive main prize, junior teams demonstrating their skill level as well as an All-Comers competition.

The highlight of the weekend is expected to be the inter-state contest won by Florida, last year. 2015 tournament MVP Sasha Graham will lead the Florida-based CARICOM Netball Club in their quest for a successful defense of the title.

For further information, please contact USA Netball Match & Tournament Director at mto@usanetball.com or secretary@usanetball.com.



  1. This is a wonderful achievement for USA Netball and all netballers in the community. Thanks to Lee county for helping the wonderful sport of netball to be showcased. I am looking forward to this event and eagerly anticipates the competition that I know will be fierce as always a show of fitness and skills. Netball is the most popular female sport in the world and is a professional sport in New Zealand and Australia the two leading netball giants of the world.

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