Jamaica tour of duty perfect for Parsons

Yasmin Parsons on England duty
Yasmin Parsons on England duty
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Fareham starlet Yasmin Parsons has no intention of slowing down.

The 17-year-old has had a whirlwind year on the netball court with her ever-growing reputation knowing no boundaries.

The past 12 months have seen the former Fareham Fireflys player lead the England under-17 side to European Championship success, picking up the player-of-the-tournament award in the process, tour Australia, and earn a call-up to the successful under-19 national side for their European Championships in Cardiff.

Now the Team Bath Super League player is preparing herself for another tour of duty – this time to Jamaica with the under-17s.

The Jamaican’s are potential opponents of England in the 2013 Commonwealth Games and Parsons – who is currently on a national Easter training camp in Sheffield – believes the upcoming trip could prove vital for their hopes.

‘To go to Jamaica would give us better knowledge of them,’ said Parsons.

‘They are competition for England and once we get an understanding of how they play, we will be able to improve our game to beat them at the Commonwealths in 2013.

‘I really hope I get selected to go!’

Parsons received the perfect boost ahead of her latest adventure by helping the under-19s become the best in Europe last month.

But it wasn’t the only piece of silverware the teenager picked up after she was named The News Sports Awards young sportswoman of the year runner-up for 2010.

‘We won the European Championships again and this is where I received my second England cap,’ explained Parsons.

‘This was a fantastic achievement as our target was to win by beating last season’s targets.

‘We came together as a squad and played extremely well.

‘It gave us confidence knowing we had improved on last season.

‘We hope to improve further and I hope to be able to continue on my England journey and add to my The News Sports Awards runner-up prize, which was an amazing achievement.

‘For netball to be recognised is fantastic, as a lot of our hard work seems to go unnoticed.

‘But we often work just as hard as any Olympic athlete.’

While Parson’s awaits the nod to pack her backs for Jamaica, she is also waiting on news of two potentially lucrative sponsorship deals.

Maintaining that degree of consistency at such a high level requires a lot of dedication, time and expense, and Parsons hopes any forthcoming funding could help her sustain her rise up the ranks.

‘I currently have two sponsors who are deciding whether or not to sponsor me,’ revealed Parsons.

‘This will really help me financially as expenses have been cut and we no longer get our travelling fees paid, due to the current climate. So all sponsorship will be greatly appreciated.’