Euro-star Yasmin all set for world domination

Team Bath celebrate winning the Netball Superleague Grand Final 2013 trophy. Yasmin Parsons pictured at the front, six from the right. Must credit: backpageimages.com
Team Bath celebrate winning the Netball Superleague Grand Final 2013 trophy. Yasmin Parsons pictured at the front, six from the right. Must credit: backpageimages.com
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Yasmin Parsons reckons she is ready to mix it with the rest of the world after two cracks at Europe’s finest.

The Fareham netballer has earned a call-up to the England squad for the World Youth Championships.

It is not the first time the 19-year-old will have stepped on to the international stage this term, though.

A student at the University of Bath, she helped England under-21s to win a Netball Europe competition in Cardiff in April.

The former Crofton School pupil was then part of the same squad who took on the seniors at the European Championships the next month.

And they didn’t disappoint – as they finished runners-up to Wales.

To cap off her stunning start to the year, Parsons then lifted the Superleague crown with her club side Team Bath last month.

As seasons go, you would be hard pressed to find someone who has had a busier – and better – one than the teenager so far.

But with the prospect of the World Youth Championships to look forward to, she is refusing to rest on her laurels and is determined to keep the dream campaign alive.

‘It has been a busy year so far but a good one at that,’ said Parsons.

‘And hopefully it will get better still after I was called up for the World Youth Championships.

‘Winning the Superleague with Team Bath was brilliant but getting to the final meant it dragged on a bit, so I haven’t really stopped.

‘With England, we went on to win the Europeans as the under-21s and then the same squad went to the senior Europeans and did well there.

‘The senior event was good because we were going up against players of a similar level that we will be going up against at the worlds, so that was great preparation.

‘We know what we are capable of now and that bodes well for the worlds, and hopefully we can continue what has been a good year there, too.’

The only blip on a remarkable 2013 for Parsons came when netball failed to take a step closer to the Olympic programme.

Instead, sports such as wrestling and squash will battle it out to be included in the 2020 Games.

The Fareham ace is not about to panic, though.

She is confident her sport is moving in the right direction.

‘It is a shame that netball didn’t get closer to being in the Olympics,’ she said.

‘I obviously feel like it should be, with all the youngsters who play the sport in this country.

‘It would be good to see it in the Olympics, especially because now we could realistically come away with another medal as we are third in the world at the moment.

‘But if we keep going with it and keep working hard, I’m sure we can get our reward sooner rather than later.

‘We are heading in the right direction so we will just keep pushing on.’

n Lloyds TSB Local Heroes, in partnership with SportsAid, has supported 1,000 of Britain’s most talented developing athletes, inclduing Yasmin Parsons. As part of Lloyds TSB’s commitment to helping future sports stars prosper, the programme will continue in 2013. Follow future stars at facebook.com/lloydstsblocalheroes