Plans afoot to develop basketball in Dominica

Sawana Fabien

Athlete Commission Representative of the Dominica Basketball Amateur Association (DABA), Sawana Fabien has said that women are not forgotten in Dominica’s basketball and is committed to have an exclusive approach in developing basketball on island. 

She spoke at a DABA press conference to highlight their 100 days mark as an executive body on July 6th 2019.

“In approaching 100 days, we are saying that women are not forgotten, DABA is committed to an exclusive approach to develop basketball in Dominica. Agreeably, we would say that women basketball has not been on the front burner for quite some time. However, we see the need to… include women’s basketball; not just as a buzz but something that embodies a women empowerment movement,” Fabian stated

She said the DABA also wants to engender holistic development in women basketballers.

“We want to empower female athletes fostering confidence, leadership and mental toughness at every level which is something we see fit as an executive. We want to place an emphasis on team building through workshop, cinemas, games, exercise…and community mobilizing,” Fabien said

She added, “We want to ensure that the basketball sport is not just about your physical ability but a holistic development for women. We have a strong role to play in society and there should be equal opportunities for both men and women in sports.”

Fabian said bringing back women in the programme will also bring back a sense of community and through team building, basketball can thrive in Dominica.

Ian Williams

Meantime, General Secretary of DABA, Jerry Williams stated that 35 young players are training in the national youth basketball programme.

“One of the key things is our national youth basketball programme which we have commenced, we’ve had young players up to 35 in training. What we are doing is from time to time, we select the top 15 (players), the DABA official said. “There is a tournament this weekend in Martinique and so we would take that 15 players to that tournament to expose them… and put a measure in regards to their performance. This is a one-year tournament.”

He said for there will also be a basketball development pathway for the youth and coaches.

“In regards to the national youth programme, we have reached out to Mr. Terry Bertram who is based in Canada. He is willing to come down to put a youth basketball development path way, growing and developing basketball for three months [which starts] in September. The objective is to develop, plan, implement and monitor island wide basketball for children and young adults, age 11-30,” Williams said.

He went on to say, “Persons can attest that most of the time the coach’s main objective is to challenge the calls of the officials and not necessarily coach the game of basketball and so…for our young players to develop we need to coach our coaches. We cannot get away from it and one of the things we want to implement is at the leagues each team must have a certified coach. “

Other objectives of DABA programme includes increased participation, development of athletes and proactive building, among others.  

Williams further stated that the Mackeson National Cup Playoff will run from July 10th to July 12th at the St. Joseph Basketball Court and the business league will commence during the first week in September.


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  1. July 11, 2019

    Hello and good afternoon my people. Well it’s good to develope basketball in Dominica but you can start by building outside courts where the youths can develope their skills on a daily basis. Then you can build an in door court with wooden floors in Roseau, Portsmouth ,Laplaine and Grandbay where you can have neighborhood leagues. We also need properly trained referees so the youths can get accustomed to playing organize basketball and training camps where they can have skill set training.

  2. Original
    July 10, 2019

    There should be a national program for sports, take a look at the housing revolution has sports been incorporated in the new developments? Sports like most other things in Dominica has been destroyed, this isn’t about men or women it’s in general and should be addressed in such manner.

  3. g
    July 9, 2019

    allu too wicked make courts for people to play basketball in the country gasa.

  4. July 8, 2019

    I agree with what Wallace Hussey said, it’s about time for women in Dominica have something important to do besides other careers I would love to see a game played in DA when I do come to visit. God bless you all on this mission.

  5. Let's Pretend
    July 8, 2019

    The truth is Dominica is like a good looking without an engine. Plans are afoot for everything be it men or women basketball, cricket, football etc. All we have is plans but like the car we need a good engine to getting the car to move from point A to B. In other words we need a good and serious government in place. These pretenders occupying the office of government will take this country nowhere because not only the engine is bad but in their case the transmission is also bad and the only gear that working is the reverse gate. Who is our sports Minister? Can anyone tell me who have been our sports Minister the last 15 years? 15 years with plans afoot in Dominica and that’s all there is to it, whether is in Heath, agriculture, education, tourism, housing, finance etc

  6. New
    July 8, 2019

    Y is there an age range if there is some one older than that age range intrested now they cannot play

  7. July 8, 2019

    Great work this is long over due keep the young ladies fit and having something to do in their spare time will develop their minds.

  8. Da
    July 8, 2019

    Is this where we should be after so many years?

  9. Truth Be Told
    July 8, 2019

    After 20 years of Labour party government and all the young men unemployed and on crack cocaine or some other drug! Where are the players? You all killed so many sports in Dominica! Sewo, sewo, sewo!

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