Yasmin Parsons reflected on her World Youth Championships bow and declared: It was an incredible experience.
The Fareham talent was part of the England under-21 outfit gunning for glory in Glasgow last week.
And while they came up narrowly short – losing out to Jamaica in the bronze medal match as New Zealand took the crown – it was an unforgettable tournament for Parsons.
The 20-year-old played in every one of England’s fixtures as her emergence as one of the nation’s brightest prospects continued.
‘This is something I have been working towards for five years,’ said Parsons.
‘It was an incredible experience – something that will be with me for life.
‘I can’t describe how it felt to walk out to 3,000 fans, I just remember the goosebumps.’
Parsons admitted it was tough to miss out after going so close to a medal.
The Team Bath star was desperate to seal success for everyone involved.
But she reckons Lady Luck was not smiling on England as they suffered injuries at a key time.
Parsons revealed: ‘It was really hard for me, a very emotional moment.
‘The team suffered with three of our players getting injured during the competition which resulted in us starting the play-off with a different combination – myself and Beth Cobden were the only fit attacking mid-courters.
‘We really wanted to do it for each other, our coaches, supporters and most importantly, ourselves.
‘But it wasn’t our year to take the bronze.
‘We finished the game strongly and I hope we didn’t let anyone down. I am so proud of my team-mates.
‘We really stuck together and gave it our all but it just wasn’t good enough to take the game.’
Parsons helped drive England to victory in all four group matches.
They beat the Republic of Ireland (108-9), Singapore (82-26), Papa New Guinea (65-15) and finally Barbados 71-22 to get to the quarter-finals.
Parsons & Co then defeated South Africa 45-33 in the last eight to book a tie against Australia in the semis.
Despite their grit and determination, the youngsters couldn’t overcome the Aussies and eventually went down 67-33.
And despite their best efforts, a 52-33 defeat to Jamaica followed as they missed out on bronze.
Parsons has represented England throughout the junior ranks and won her maiden senior cap last summer.
The former Fareham Fireflys ace began playing at the age of 11.