This Day in History: Simone Forbes
On this day in Caribbean history, June 20, 1981, Simone Forbes was born. Forbes whose main game of choice is Netball is one of Jamaica’s most gifted sports personalities, having represented Jamaica at the international level in four sports playing women’s Basketball, Football and Soccer.
Forbes played netball with Jamaica U21 in 1998 before making her debut with the Jamaican national team the following year. She continued with the national team, winning bronze medals at two World Championships in 2003 and 2007. Forbes made her debut in 1996 also receiving a Volleyball scholarship to Mercy College in 2005. Also in 2005, Forbes received Prime Minister’s National Youth Award for Excellence in the Field of Sports and in 2002 was the GC Foster College Sportswoman of the Year. Forbes won a silver medal at the inaugural World Netball Series in 2009 followed by another bronze in 2010. Despite taking a break from the sport following the World Series, Forbes remained captain of the Sunshine Girls, and was selected as a flag bearer for Jamaica at the 2010 Commonwealth Games held in Delhi. As of 2010 Forbes is playing domestic netball for the Waulgrovians.