A remarkable nine Loughborough netballers will make the round the world journey to Oceania to compete at next month’s Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast.
Peace Proscovia headlines the group, the Loughborough University MSc student captaining a Ugandan team who have been climbing the world netball rankings over the last few years.
One of the best shooters on the planet, Uganda’s hopes will rest of the shoulders of the Netball Superleague Player of the Year, who is very much looking forward to seeing how far her country can go in the tournament.
Ella Gibbons has ensured five Loughborough alumnae will represent their countries when the netball competition gets underway at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, with the finals taking place at the Carrera Indoor Sports Centre.
Gibbons, who graduated with a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science last summer will don the blue of Team Scotland, the rangy goalkeeper competing at her first major international tournament.
Loughborough Lightning star Beth Cobden has secured her place in the Team England squad for the Games, and
will be joined by alumnae and former Lightning players Ama Agbeze, Jade Clarke and Jo Harten. With Agbeze captaining the side, England have been in fine form over the last 12 months and will be expecting to win at least a medal, if not gold.
Back in 2014 Jamaica broke English hearts in the bronze medal match and this time the Sunshine girls will be bolstered by Lightning’s new defensive star Shamera Sterling, who will make her Commonwealth Games debut. With Australia favourites, both England and Jamaica will be in the medal shake up and are currently ranked third and fourth in the world respectively.
Remarkably all four countries have been drawn in the same six team group, Pool B. The final player to earn her place is Northern Ireland’s Michelle Drayne, the Loughborough University alumna lining up in Pool A alongside the hosts, Australia.
Another Loughborough Lightning player Ella Clark has been named as a travelling reserve for Team England.