Parsons primed to net 2013 goals

asmin Parsons is primed to add to her achievements of 2012
asmin Parsons is primed to add to her achievements of 2012
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Yasmin Parsons will need to reserve space on the family mantlepiece the rate she’s travelling in the netball world.

The 19-year-old added to her ever-growing collection of accolades after being named the 2012 News Sports Awards’ young sportswoman of the year this week.

The honour was in recognition of a fantastic year for one of English netball’s most promising players, which included her first senior call-up to the national squad and a winner’s medal from the World University Championships.

And with her busy schedule more or less already mapped out for 2013, a call home to book further room for a potential medal haul wouldn’t go amiss.

The World Youth Championships in Glasgow this August will present the talented Fareham teenager with the ideal chance to add to her prestigious university gold.

Meanwhile, there are other major targets on the agenda, too, including adding to her solitary senior England cap and helping club Team Bath go in search of Super League glory.

All three goals are sure to take up a considerable amount of Parsons’ time over the next 12 months.

Yet she’s happy to make the sacrifices required – and with plenty to show for her efforts to date, the former Fareham Fireflys player is determined to carry on the trend.

‘Last year was so busy for me,’ said Parsons.

‘I was called up to the senior national team for the first time and was selected to represent Great Britain and compete in the World University Championships.

‘To play in the final and win the university championships was excellent, while that and everything else gave me good preparations for the World Youth Champions which take place later this year.

‘They are in Glasgow in August, and with them being on home turf, the pressure will definitely be on us.

‘But with the senior England team winning their series against Australia recently and inspiring us all with confidence, hopes are high.

‘We’ll be one of the favourites for it, but there is still a lot of work to do between now and then.’

Parsons will be expected to add to her already-hectic training schedule to help the England under-21s gain world glory.

She already trains three times a week with her club side, while an invite to compete in the Senior European Championships with the under-21s is also in the offing.

But while that will take considerable effort on her part, she’s also willing to go that extra mile further to gain more senior recognition.

‘My main priority will be the under-21s, but it would be nice to add to my senior England appearance,’ said Parsons.

‘Hopefully there will be plenty of opportunities throughout the year for me to do that.

‘I definitely want to win more caps – that has to be one of my top targets.’

Despite her determination to succeed, Parsons admitted surprise at winning The News’ young sportswoman of the year gong at this week’s Sport Awards ceremony at Ferneham Hall.

She won the title ahead of runner-up Emily Windsor and a host of other strong candidates.

‘I’m really overwhelmed by it all,’ she said. ‘I couldn’t believe it when I heard I had won.

‘It’s been a fantastic year for me sports-wise.’