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England international Yasmin Parsons
England international Yasmin Parsons
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Fareham teenager Yasmin Parsons has won her first England cap at senior level.

At the European Championships recently, Parsons announced herself on the big stage, making her bow.

And she played her part as the team went on to win the tournament.

‘Words can’t describe how I felt,’ said Parsons.

‘I was on cloud nine!

‘And not only that – we won the Europeans.’

Parsons’ impressive international impact is set to continue in the coming months.

She added: ‘I’ve also been selected as part of the GB University team to compete in the world universities event.

‘We are going to South Africa on July 2 and I will then be staying out there with the under-21 squad and competing in the test series.

‘In August, I am going out to compete in the Australian International tournament.’

Parsons has represented England at under-21, under-19 and under-17 level.

She captained the under-17s to victory at the Netball European Championships in March 2009 – receiving player of the tournament in the process.

She then went on to skipper the under-21 team and has now achieved the dream of winning her first full cap.

Parsons started playing netball in junior school.

She was selected to represent Fareham in the Hampshire Youth Games at the age of 11.

After that, she decided to link up with Ros Bellamy at Fareham Fireflys and played for them for a number of years.

Parsons also joined Weston Park to play in the under-14s of the Southampton League and helped them qualify for the under-14 club nationals and two years later the under-16s club nationals.

She is now coached by Jan Crabtree and has played for her team Bournemouth Blades in the Premier 1 league for three years.

Parsons also started University this year.

She has made the first team in the BUCS competition, with her team unbeaten so far.

And she’s in Team Bath’s Super League squad, playing in the high quality competition that is televised on Sky Sports.

Parsons is currently looking for sponsorship.

To get involved with her impressive success story send an email to netballyp@hotmail.com