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It’s an England call-up for All Saints netball duo

PUBLISHED: 11:53 29 May 2008 | UPDATED: 12:44 11 August 2010

TWO schoolgirls from All Saints Catholic School have been chosen to represent the England under-18 basketball team after impressing selectors. Jade Cornhill, 17, and Victoria Shulungu, 16, were called up by the national squad s coaches having been selecte

TWO schoolgirls from All Saints Catholic School have been chosen to represent the England under-18 basketball team after impressing selectors.

Jade Cornhill, 17, and Victoria Shulungu, 16, were called up by the national squad's coaches having been selected from the London & South East Region's pool of players after catching the eye with their displays for their school.

"I'm very proud of them," enthused Pat Watson, a PE teacher at the school in Dagenham who has overseen the girls' development and progress.

"There were thousands of children who play all over the county to compete with but they've both got talent and lots of potential."

Watson insisted the girls, both from Dagenham, have the ability and self-belief to go a long way in the sport, with attention honed on the big events, notably the Netball World Championships which is due to be held in Singapore in three years' time.

The tournament represents the pinnacle of the sport but the immediate goal for the girls will be to establish themselves in the England under-18 set-up before making the England under-21 squad for the World Youth Netball Championships in the Cook Islands next year.

Watson is in no doubt that the pair, if they stay focused, have the maturity as well as the ability to make significant in-roads in netball.

"Victoria is very outgoing, very exuberant which is how she plays her netball. It's very encouraging because she's played senior netball," Watson said.

"Jade is much quieter. I'd say she is but others may not. But she is very strong-willed and extremely determined. We've been happy with their training and they have the opportunity to be selected for the under-21 World (Youth Netball) Championships next year.

"They are not particularly tall and have to work hard. Victoria has tremendous determination which is, of course, important."

Watson suggested that Cornhill and Shulungu have impressed in other disciplines too, illustrating the girls' sporting versatility.

"Victoria has represented the school and been district champion in the 300m, long jump and javelin," Watson revealed.

"Jade has done the triple jump as well. You've got to have a good spring in your legs to do that and she has that. She was the triple jump borough champion.


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