YASMIN PARSONS helped Great Britain to World University Championship glory and declared: It was incredible.
The full England international and Team Bath ace helped inspire GB to gold in South Africa.
She said: ‘It was the greatest experience of my life and probably the highlight to my career to date.
‘I came on in the second half when we were still drawing.
‘This is always hard but I knew I had to bring my style of play to the game and work for and with my team-mates.
‘We then finished the game 42 all, leading into extra-time.
‘This was incredible to play in and for anybody watching.
‘The excitement from the crowd was overwhelming.
‘After seven minutes each way, we finally won by five goals.’
The gold medal in Cape Town allowed Parsons, 19, to enjoy her own slice of euphoria during a summer of British sporting achievement.
She smiled: ‘It’s nothing like the Olympics but I’m proud to say I have a gold medal because of the amazing teamwork that Great Britain had out there.’
Parsons, from Fareham, has been enjoying a jet-set lifestyle recently, having also made the trip to Australia on England under-21 international duty.
‘I’ve recently been to Australia to play in the Ballarat under-21 international tournament against Samoa, New Zealand and Australia,’ said Parsons.
‘This was the hardest tournament.
‘It allowed us to see and experience the opposition that England will have to face next year in the World Youth Championships.’
It was an important learning curve for the former Fareham Fireflys player and her team-mates.
Parsons said: ‘It was good preparation because we don’t get the physical pressures at home.
‘The speed and style of the game is different out there and we need to adapt as a team if we want to be world champions.
‘Overall, the tournament was a massive learning curve and all we have to do now is go out there and perform by working hard.’
The busy schedule will continue for Parsons as she aims for more England senior caps after earning the call-up to head to New Zealand.
She added: ‘I’ve been selected to go to Auckland in New Zealand in November for the first five competition with the seniors.’
Parsons received sponsorship support from Gosport & Fareham Netball Association to help pay for her to go to the World University Championships in Cape Town.