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Hannah and Christina speaking at St Lukes School

Sports Scholars in the Community-Inspiring the future UoE Performance Athletes

As part of the Gifted and Talented programme run in Exeter’s local Primary Schools, performance netballers Hannah Blackman and Christina Shaw spoke about their netball journeys to primary school pupils from across Exeter.

The Gifted and Talented programme runs sessions every half term in local Exeter Primary Schools for children who have been identified by their schools as talented in their movement or sport. These sessions are based around sports science, activity and health. Hannah and Christina spoke at the first of these for the new academic year on Monday 15th October, which included pupils from Willowbrook, St Sidwells, Wilcombe, Whipton Barton Infants and Whipton Barton Juniors primary schools joining together. The pupils had the opportunity to ask questions about Hannah and Christina’s training schedule, matches and netball journey through school and University.

Hannah and Christina both currently represent the University of Exeter Netball 1st team and Exeter Netball Club Regional 1 side.  On a national level they were part of the Team Bath U21 NPL squad that won silver at the NPL closing tournament in July this year. Christina also represented Wales U21 at Netball Europe in October.

Reflecting on the day Hannah commented “It was a privilege to be able to talk to the primary school Gifted and Talented students about my netball journey so far. I had a great time helping them improve their netball skills and Christina and I thoroughly enjoyed trying some new healthy snacks in the I’m an athlete get me out of here challenge”.

Sports Scholarship and Recruitment Officer James Fleming added “We see our Sports Scholars as positive role models for all student athletes so it’s great to have the opportunity for them to share their experiences of Performance Sport to local primary school pupils and give something back to the community”.

Netball is one of the Performance Sports at the University of Exeter with all Netball Performance Athletes having access to a comprehensive support services package including strength and conditioning (S&C), physiotherapy and athlete lifestyle support. Athletes also have the opportunity to trial for the Team Bath Performance pathway with a hub and academy both based at the University of Exeter. The University of Exeter Netball 1st team compete in Western 1A in British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) and are currently top of the league having beaten University of Bristol 1st team and University of Bath 2nd team so far this season.

Date: 24 July 2018

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