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World Indoor Netball Championships 2015 – Brisbane, Australia

Jazz Latham

Indoor Netball, or ‘Nets’ is a fast moving, indoor version of netball where the court is surrounded by high tension nets. I first heard about this from my coach at East Regional Academy and decided I'd trial for the U18's team for the Indoor Netball World Championships held in Brisbane, Australia in September 2015. I trialled with little expectation as I had never played this version of netball before. However, about a week later I was surprised to receive an email saying I'd made the England U18 squad!

Training included sessions in London and Bristol and therefore a lot of travelling (thanks mum!) I also had to raise £3000 to fund the trip which I was able to accumulate thanks to many individual sponsors, a generous donation from the Cambridgeshire County Netball Committee and KX, who are an energy drink.

After all the hard training, including torturous sprints and shooting practice, we finally set off for Australia at the end of September. Upon arrival, we had to quickly adjust to the time difference and after 4 hours sleep, it was off to training. The days before the tournament were taken up with 6am starts followed by an ice bath and breakfast and more training. There was lots of shooting practice because in Nets, most shots are taken from outside the D to give 2 points!

The 6's tournament started and we played games against Australia and South Africa. It was amazing to be able wear the England Netball dress and sing the national anthem with my team mates. After what was a record breaking tournament for England, for being the first ever England team to beat Australia, we were in the final against South Africa. The final was nerve wracking but not one member of our England team thought we couldn't do it, and we did. World champions and record breakers - not bad!

After the finals, there was a dinner for all the teams and players where we dressed up and even managed to fit our sore feet into high heels! The England Under 18s team were presented with our Gold medals and the first trophy ever won by an England team in Indoor Netball.

After all the hard work, we had a day of relaxation at the beach and we had also spent a day at Brisbane Zoo where we met kangaroos and koalas! The whole experience was amazing and I am so proud to have represented my country at age 16.

Thank you to all those people who have supported me so far in my netball, including all my coaches and team mates at Comberton Netball Club as well as Cambridgeshire County Academy and East Regional Academy.

Jazz Latham

 

 

After the finals, there was a dinner for all the teams and players where we dressed up and even managed to fit our sore feet into high heels! The England Under 18s team were presented with our Gold medals and the first trophy ever won by an England team in Indoor Netball

After all the hard work, we had a day of relaxation at the beach and we had also spent a day at Brisbane Zoo where we met kangaroos and koalas! The whole experience was amazing and I am so proud to have represented my country at age 16. Thank you to all those people who have supported me so far in my netball, including all my coaches and team mates at Comberton Netball Club as well as Cambridgeshire County Academy and East Regional Academy.

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