Adelaide Thunderbirds star Latanya Wilson loses Commonwealth Games and Super Netball premiership medals in house fire back home in Jamaica
- Homes destroyed by fire in Kingston, Jamaica
- Adelaide Thunderbirds star Latanya Wilson fled burning home
- Lost everything in the blaze, including prized possessions
The Australian sporting community has rallied around a devastated Super Netball star who has lost eveything in a house fire back home in Jamaica.
Adelaide Thunderbirds goal defence Latanya Wilson’s family home was among many destroyed in a suspected early morning arson attack in the city of Kingston on Thursday, which has left dozens homeless.
Her 2022 Commonwealth Games silver medal and her Super Netball premiership medal won with the Thunderbirds this season were among the possessions destroyed.
The champion was asleep at the time and was forced to flee her burning home.
Wilson remains shaken by the incident but told a Jamaican TV station she’s just relieved she and her sister escaped uninjured.
Adelaide Thunderbirds goal defence Latanya Wilson (right) has lost everything in a house fire back home in Jamaica, including her Super Netball premiership medal
‘I think the key lesson in this is just to be grateful for life because one minute you can be on top of everything and then the next minute you can just lose everything in a quick second,’ Wilson said.
‘I think for me I’m just grateful to have life and whatever I’ve lost in the fire is actually repairable – Jamaica can actually assist me in getting (the medals) back.’
Wilson was asleep when she heard neighbours shouting ‘fire!’
‘By the time I got up … the fire was at the back of the house. I just put something on and while I was heading out I remember my sister saying to me, ‘don’t forget my laptop’ which was right beside the bed, so that’s the only thing I could actually grab along with my bag and passport’ she recalled.
“I’m kind of feeling several different emotions right now, I think the key lesson out of this is to just be grateful for life, because one minute you can be on top of everything and the next you can lose it all.
Latanya Wilson and her family fled their burning home but lost everything in the blaze
Thunderbirds teammate Eleanor Cardwell has set up a fundraising appeal to assist Wilson and her family rebuild their lives.
Latanya Wilson’s family home tragically got lost in a fire along with all their belongings. The money raised will hopefully help her family get through this terrible time and potentially replace items lost in the blaze. Let’s pull together as a huge netball family and help Latty out,’ the English netballer wrote.
Netball Jamaica is also in the process of launching a seperate fundraiser for Wilson.
The Jamaican import has been an integral part of the Thunderbirds for the last three seasons.
She most recently returned home from South Africa after helping Jamaica to a bronze medal at the netball World Cup won by Australia.
It was the first time in 16 years the Sunshine Girls had been on the medal podium at World Cup, a year after they won a maiden silver medal at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games.
Latanya Wilson recently represented Jamaica at the recent Netball World Cup