Jhaniele Fowler : Star netballer relentlessly pursuing her dreams

Keisha Hill
Keisha Hill

April 28, 2022

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THE DISTINGUISHED — SPORTS

Jhaniele Fowler has been playing netball since she was 11 years old, but began getting serious about the sport when she was 20. She has always loved the game and has been motivated to play for Jamaica and as a professional player.

Fowler played for Waulgrovians Club and has been a member of the Sunshine Girls since 2010. She has competed at three World Netball Series tournaments with the Jamaican national team, winning a bronze medal in 2010, and has also competed at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi and the 2011 World Netball Championships in Singapore.

In 2011, Fowler was signed to play in the Australasian ANZ Championship with the Australian team, the Adelaide Thunderbirds, on a two-year contract. But by 2013, she played for New Zealand–based team, the Southern Steel, who signed her on a one-year contract.

“I am beyond overwhelmed with the fact that I have come this far to play netball professionally. I knew I wanted this for myself and my family ever since I became aware that this amazing sport could be my career. It is such a satisfying feeling having accomplished these dreams,” Fowler told Flair from Australia, where she is currently playing.

She began playing in Australia in 2018 for the West Coast Fever. At 6 feet 6 inches, she is the second-tallest player in the Australasian league after Megan Craig (who debuted for the Mystics in 2016).

She has been named Super Netball Player of the Year for the fourth year running at the Australian Netball Awards. The towering Jamaican shooter finished the 2021 season as the league’s top goalscorer with 891 goals.

“One of my greatest accomplishments thus far was to be named MVP for the league for four consecutive years; this has really humbled me,” Fowler said.

The 32-year-old has dominated the league, winning the leading goalscorer award with 783 goals, which was then a record. She was awarded the competition’s player of the year title. She also won the leading goalscorer award for a second consecutive season in 2019 and capped off the year by becoming the first player in the league’s history to win multiple Player of the Year awards.

She attributes her success to her relentless pursuit of her dreams. “No one can achieve your dreams for you, so focus on what you want to achieve and work towards it. Do not overthink the outcome, but thoroughly immerse yourself in the process because that is where you will truly understand and appreciate what you are working for,” she said.

Having won her third consecutive Suncorp Super Netball Player of the Year Award after an outstanding 2020 season during a special online version of the Australian Netball Awards, and having three games in which she shot 100 per cent from the field, Fowler, who was also named to the 2021 Suncorp Super Netball Team of the Year, is looking forward to even more success and accolades.

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