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Hannah Rix is targeting Hampshire honours.

And the 14-year-old Gosport Borough talent reckons coach Jannene Taylor is the person to make her county dream come true.

Rix is the latest starlet to come off the club’s conveyor belt in recent years.

She has already been thrust into adult action with Blades, showcasing her impressive defensive qualities in division three of the Gosport & Fareham League.

But the teenager is in no mood to stop learning and developing her game.

‘I hope to progress with my netball even further and wish to continue playing for many years to come,’ said Rix.

‘I will hopefully still be with Gosport Borough, too.

‘The head coach, Jannene Taylor, is the person who has helped me get this far.

‘And I hope the skills she has taught me will help me develop even further and one day represent my county.’

Rix first began playing netball at junior school, where her talent was quickly spotted by Gosport.

And she has not looked back since then.

‘I got handed a flyer to join Gosport Borough,’ said Rix.

‘I decided to go along one day and I really enjoyed it and I have been with them ever since.

‘I get so much enjoyment from playing netball.

‘Even when I was little I was always full of energy and it is a great way for me to stay active through doing something that I love.

‘Also, being part of a sporting family, I have always been competitive and that has definitely helped me in my netball.

‘My greatest achievement was to be picked to play for the adult league at 13.

‘I feel like it has improved my game play and my confidence incredibly and the girls in the team made me feel really welcome.’

Taylor has been delighted with the progress of Rix, highlighting her hunger to learn as key.

‘Hannah has been with Gosport Borough since she was 10 years old,’ said the head coach.

‘She played with GB Diamonds for three or four years and was very successful

‘She always attends training, is a very good listener and takes the session on board.

‘Diamonds disbanded after seven successful seasons in the junior league.

‘But Hannah decided to stay with the club, so I fed her into my under-18s team – GB Lightning (now GB Blades) – at the age of 13.

‘Since then she has come such a long way.

‘She has become a confident player and will be a great defender.

‘I am very proud of her sportsmanship and loyalty.’