Pregnant Sunshine Girl Gezelle Allison basking in success of selling bags

By March 13, 2023
Allison with one of her bags. Allison with one of her bags. Contributed

Jamaican netball player Gezelle Allison is planning for a life after sport and she is banking on bags to help her make that transition.

The 27-year-old Allison, who has represented Jamaica’s national team and Wasps in the Vitality Netball League in the United Kingdom, has come to realize that there isn’t much money in the sport and wanted to find a means of supplementing her income.

In the summer of 2022, a friend, a beautician, planted a seed in her mind that began to grow.

“It's my best friend, Suneak Rhoden, who had mentioned it to me and I decided to try,” said Allison, a six-footer who has also represented Jamaica at basketball. “Being a professional playing and still not earning a lot, plus paying for your own tuition fee, it only gives you the drive to try something else and have faith that it works.”

Allison, who is pregnant with her first child, has plans to play for another four years after she gives birth, said so far her gamble has been paying off.

“I didn't own a business before so obviously I was hesitant on the decision if I should. Eventually, I give it a try and It has been great,” she said gleefully.

“It has been great. I even start selling authentic bags and I still have the support like when I was selling the cheaper bags. So business has been fantastic!

“The only challenge I had was with myself. I didn't have the faith to start the business. My friend constantly asked when I'm going to open the business and I followed her advice and now I have no regrets.”

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