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International call for Abbey ace Kadeen

PUBLISHED: 12:07 12 February 2009 | UPDATED: 12:40 11 August 2010

ENGLAND CALLING: Kadeen Corbin

ENGLAND CALLING: Kadeen Corbin

A BARKING schoolgirl was delighted after being selected for the England under-19 European Championship netball squad, writes MATT DINER. Kadeen Corbin, of Barking Abbey school, is only 17 and despite being two years younger then most of her team mates, sh

A BARKING schoolgirl was delighted after being selected for the England under-19 European Championship netball squad, writes MATT DINER.

Kadeen Corbin, of Barking Abbey school, is only 17 and despite being two years younger then most of her team mates, she is adamant she won't be overawed when she competes in Glasgow on March 6.

"It is the first time I have been called up at this level and I am really happy," she said.

Experience

"It will be a great experience, and it will be good to see what the standard is like at that level.

"The age gap does not bother me, as I have been playing at a level two years older than myself all my life. I think it will make me a better player."

Corbin is determined to carry on her progression and is hopeful of reaching the highest level.

"I want to obviously do well here then move on to the under-21s squad," she beamed.

"I am desperate to play for the full national side one day and I have set myself a target of doing that before I turn 25."

The Brunel Hurricanes talent squad member only recently joined Barking, but in that short space of time has continued to improve and impress head of the netball academy Tracey Reason.

"She's done really well since coming here in September and she is physically and mentally on it," she smiled.

"She works very hard and trains I would say at least six days a week, she is very dedicated. Her feet stay on the ground and she does not act above her status and even helps us coach the year sevens and eights."

Corbin is, however, convinced there are some aspects of her game which can be enhanced, so she can make the most of her obvious natural talents.

"I sometimes try to rush things out on court and maybe I need to slow down a little bit," she explained.

"I don't know myself that there is much right now I can improve on. I will just listen to coaches and if they suggest anything, I am happy to listen to what they say.

"I could improve on my fitness, but it has been great lately as it has improved and my shooting stats are a lot better than they were.


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