Fareham netballer Yasmin Parsons would have been forgiven for not wanting 2010 to come to an end.
The rising star of English netball had a year to remember – continuing her meteoric ascent up the ranks.
And the hope now is that her ever-growing reputation continues at the same pace in 2011.
Parsons, who started playing netball in junior school and by the age of 11 was selected to represent Fareham in the Hampshire Youth Games, captained England under-17s to victory at the Netball European Championships last March.
The 17-year-old also picked up the player-of-the-tournament award for her performances at the Championships in Northern Ireland and was rewarded with a place in the touring party that travelled to Australia – an experience Parsons relished.
'In Australia, we played the Australian under-19 team and New Zealand under-21s which was a huge challenge,' said Parsons.
'Unfortunately, we didn't win but still had a fantastic experience.
'We came back a lot stronger and we now know what it takes to become ranked first in the world.
'I have also been to the national orientation camp with all the other Great Britain and England athletes.
'It was fantastic to experience other sports and get a taste of what it is like to be an Olympic athlete.
'The camp helped us realise the consequences and steps we must take to be the best.'
Following stints at Ros Bellamy's Fareham Fireflys and under-14 Southampton League side Weston Park, Parsons now plies her trade with Bournemouth Blades' premier team.
'I am also vice captain for Team Bath NTL and we are currently first in the league, beating Northern Thunder 45-29 who we haven't been beaten in two years,' added Parsons.
'I have also been invited to train with the Team Bath Super League.'
'And I was also awarded the Michael Austin Harlick award for the outstanding sports person in Netball by Jan Crabtree, my coach.'
It doesn't stop there, either, for the talented schoolgirl.
Parsons has also been chosen to represent the England under-19s in the European Championships in Cardiff in March.
And if that wasn't enough, Parsons has been nominated for Young Sportswoman of the Year in The News Sports Awards.
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