White’s delight as England land Euro gold

Hayley White
Hayley White
Former Pompey striker Yakubu has retired from football. Picture: Mic Young

Former Pompey striker announces retirement

0
Have your say

Hayley White is celebrating a career highlight after helping England to Women’s European Championship glory.

White was brimming with pride after her team overcame Germany in the final of the competition to lift the prestigious title.

The 23-year-old played a key role as the tension mounted in the televised event held in Holland.

The tenpin queen led off for her team at an arena with specially-built lanes, but dismissed the pressure to set the five-strong side on the way to success.

England went on to win the event by more than 100 pins to claim gold on a special night.

That came after they had beaten pre-tournament favourites Sweden in the semi-finals.

The success meant White was a crucial cog in the team which became the first English outfit to win gold in the competition for 19 years.

The Cosham ace admitted she was blown away with the victory, as she and her team-mates proudly stood on the rostrum with the national anthem playing after winning.

White had no doubts the win sits at the top along with her other major wins during a lifetime of tenpin success.

She said: ‘It was amazing, a totally amazing experience.

‘It is the best feeling in the world to win an event like that for your country.

‘I was lead-off in the final and that was pretty scary because the setting was at a theatre with two lanes built in the middle of tiered seats.

‘It was quite incredible. You could hear a pin drop!

‘To go on and win it like we did was brilliant and the camaraderie among the team was special.

‘Nothing could have made me prouder than the moment when the team were on the podium with flowers and the national anthem was playing.

‘It’s definitely right at the top of my achievements.

‘To do it on your own is one thing, but to do it as a team and know you are the best in Europe was something special.

‘It was something I will never, ever forget.’

It’s been a busy time for White after she qualified as a teacher and began her new job this summer.

That’s as well as a house move being in the pipeline for the The News Sports Awards winner.

But White will still be keeping her focus on competition with the Commonwealth and World Championships coming up next year.

She said: ‘It’s very close in the rankings and I want to finish at the top this year.

‘Then next year it’s the Commonwealth and World Championships – so watch this space.’

n Have you got a grass-roots story?

Get in touch with our sports desk on (023) 9262 2120 or e-mail sport@thenews.co.uk