At a press conference inside the Berkeley Institute Gymnasium Erica Woods announced that she has committed her collegiate experience to Marshall University, Woods also announced that this summer she has been invited to participate in the European Championship Games as a member of the Great Britain Under 20 Women’s Olympic Development Team.
With no print media present, Woods flanked by current President of the Bermuda Basketball Association and former National Team Coach Richard North made the announcements.
Woods said, “I would also like to announce that this summer I have been invited to participate in the European Championship Games to be held in Macedonia, Greece, representing Great Britain’s Under 20 Women’s Olympic Development Team. The Championship will allow me to compete against Greece, Hungary, Portugal, Belgium and Austria”.
“This decision to represent Great Britain was difficult for me to make and I would like to thank the BBA for their past and present support which they have provided for me. However due to the possibility of playing in the Olympics in London 2012 it was an opportunity which I could not turn down”, continued Woods.
Woods went on to say, “All persons present today, contributed to my development. Starting with my former Bermuda National Team Coaches North and Ralph Scott for insisting on excellence in every area of my development. Former P. E. teachers, Mark Thorne and Davon Wade who believed in me and continuously urged me to strive for excellence both academically and athletically. To the founders of Indian Summer Basketball League, Dane & Troylene Commissiong and Tommy Johnson, thank you for allowing me to run with boys. To Ryan Brunson who was the first to encourage my discipline in basketball, at the tender age of five”.
“In closing, my boundless gratitude to my parents Eric & Joanne Woods for their unwavering support and dedication as I pursued my academic and athletic endeavours. To my number one fan, my younger brother Eron, thank you for sacrificing much so I could reach this point. Last but not least, I believe that my gift of basketball is from GOD, and without him none of this would have been possible”, concluded Woods.