The sports played in Jamaica, typical of our culture, is also very diverse. We play most of the sports of the Commonwealth, the Americas, and of course those we acquired from our many peoples
We play for fun, relaxation, keeping in shape, and even for a stake! However sports do offer many of our youths a ticket to continued education, fame, and financial security.
The list is quite long, but here are some of the most popular sports played in Jamaica.
We hosted many tournaments including some of the major championships and some of the best players in the sport show off their skills right here! The great weather and spectacular terrain, the food and the people all adds up to an amazing golf experience. See my Jamaica Golf page for more.
The cricket passion for the entire Caribbean [West Indies] is unparalleled.
Not only is cricket one of the popular sports played in Jamaica, it is my favorite! Go directly to my page on Jamaican Cricket right here
Football has given hope to many of our inner city youths. Thanks to the passion, popularity, and fame of our 1998 World Cup Football qualification, many of our young 'ballers' have gained lucrative contracts to play for distinquished clubs across the world.
Go to my Football in Jamaica page for more
Why do we do so well? Read my page about Athletics In Jamaica here for more.
The truth is though Netball is the leading female sport in Jamaica. It it right up there with Football. The Ladies have been doing extremely well. Right now, the Jamaican National Netball team ranks third [Yep 3rd]in the world, surpassed ONLY by New Zealand and Australia!
The 'Sunshine Girls' as we call the team, have illustrated my position that 'My Island Jamaica' is a clear world beater! More about Netball in Jamaica.
The first Jamaican Bobsled team made history in the Calgary Olympics Winter Games. They warmed the hearts of many worldwide in their first attempt at Olympic glory and was even immortalized in the popular Walt Disney movie; Cool Runnings.
Many of the hotels offer a variety of water sports. It is recommended you take your own equipment, if you have one.
The list is quite long but includes:
Most of the popular hotels though offers excellent tennis facilities for their guests. The more established high schools do include the sport as part of their PE curriculum too.
In the cricket circles, there is much talk about basketball 'pulling' some of the future possible great Jamaica and West Indies cricketers to basketball. Needless to say I don't support that view as a Cricketer.
By the way, if you are really enthused about sports and adventure, you may find this Portugal Website quite interesting.
All in all though, the sports played in Jamaica is alive and well! For Updates and News on these and all the other major sports played in Jamaica Click Here
So if sports is your game, there are lots of sports played in Jamaica to satisfy your preferences: There is no excuse to lay horizontal on the beach all the time! :-)
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