GB call for Barking Abbey quartet
PUBLISHED: 15:00 01 July 2017
Four Barking Abbey players past and present have been selected in the final 12 for the Great Britain under-20 women’s squad for warm-up tournaments in Hungary and Greece and the Under-20 European Championships in Israel.
Current student athletes Chloe Gaynor, Abigail Johnson and Imani Whittington, plus alumnus Shanice Norton, now studying at Louisiana State University, have all made the final cut to represent Great Britain at the Championships.
Two further Abbey players, Abby Lowe and Megan Sheret, were involved in the training camp but did not make the final squad.
“We’re delighted for the Barking Abbey players making the squad,” said director Mark Clark.
“We were also very pleased to see Abby and Megan do well at camp and I’m sure they will part of GB plans for the future.
“I’m hopeful that the team will do well and that all Barking Abbey players will be able to help towards a successful tournament.”
GB under-20 women’s head coach Jose Maria Buceta added: “We had a very productive camp in Manchester. Huge thanks to all the players for their hard work and commitment, especially the ones who have missed out on the final squad.
“Their contribution to the team was outstanding and pushed everyone to higher levels of performance. We now head to Hungary and Greece in good shape and eager to put in action all the things we’ve worked on in the camp.”
The squad opens the Europeans on July 8 in Israel against Ireland, as they will be hoping for promotion back to Division A.
GB squad: Georgina Brierley, Saint Leo University; Jessica Davies, Lipscomb University; Georgia Gayle, Sheffield Hatters; Chloe Gaynor, Barking Abbey; Melanie George, Newman University; Victoria Gray, University of Nottingham; Abigail Johnson, Barking Abbey; Gabby Nikitinaite, Sevenoaks Suns; Shanice Norton, Louisiana State University; Amelia Stevens, Illinois State University; Molly Taylor, Loyola University Maryland; Imani Whittington, Barking Abbey.