Jamaica is one of four nations to have competed in all 13 past editions of the Netball World Cup, along with Australia, New Zealand and England. At the event held in Eastbourne, England, in 1963, the Sunshine Girls finished in fifth position, at the 1967 event held in Perth they finished sixth, their lowest recorded finish in Netball World Cup history to date.
Jamaica went on to host the event in Kingston in 1971, where they placed fourth. They then finished fifth in Auckland, New Zealand, in 1975, and recorded the same position at the events held in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, in 1979, Singapore in 1983, and Glasgow, Scotland, in 1987. They also finished fifth at two later tournaments; in Birmingham, England in 1995, and Christchurch, New Zealand in 1999.
In 1991, when the event was first hosted by Sydney, the Sunshine broke through to finish in their highest position to date – third – which they subsequently went on to achieve two more times; when they hosted the event again in Kingston in 2003, and in Auckland in 2007.
Most recently when the event was hosted in Singapore in 2011, the Sunshine Girls finished the tournament ranked in fourth position.
The Sunshine Girls have played a total of 116 Netball World Cup matches, winning 78, losing 35 and drawing three, giving them a World Cup winning percentage of 67%.
As well as an impressive history of team achievements at World Cup level, including hosting the tournament twice, the Sunshine Girls have also produced two athletes to compete at a record five Netball World Cups; Janet Johnson and Connie Francis.
In addition contesting every Netball World Cup to date, the Sunshine Girls have also qualified for every Commonwealth Games since netball was introduced to the program, walking away with the bronze medal at Manchester, England in 2002, and Glasgow in 2014.
Jamaica qualified for NWC2015 by virtue of number four world ranking*.
*Rankings based on the International Netball Federation’s (INF) current World Rankings as of June 4, 2015. Please note that the Netball World Cup Pool allocations are based on the INF World Rankings of 1 July 2014.