‘Phenomenal Woman’ is one of my favourite poems by Dr Maya Angelou – each stanza ends with the phrase, “I am a woman, phenomenally”. The moment you meet Nikeisha ‘Nikki’ Felix you are enveloped by her infectious personality, and generous spirit; she is simply a phenomenal woman.
At age 11, Nikeisha moved with her family from St Joseph to the tightly knit North Coast community of La Fillette Village. The change she described as drastic; it was a rural life, farming and fishing. “There were no sporting activities in the village when I was growing up other than football.”
It was during her time as a student at Curepe Junior Secondary (now St Joseph Secondary), Jennifer Frank, a netball coach at the school, encouraged her to become involved in netball. Describing herself on the court as determined, disciplined, and dominant in the air, she transitioned to playing club netball for Arima Ball Masters. At age 15, recognising that there was a greater need for community sporting activities, Nikeisha began to coach other interested girls and women after school.