1 October 2008 / High School Netball Star Chosen By Professional Team
"We're so proud of her," said Lottie's Dad, Mark Richardson. "Team Bath is the netball equivalent of Manchester United in both performance and reputation. When Lottie was invited to attend trials for the under 19 squad last weekend we all thought she was going along for experience - she is only 13 after all - so we were completely shocked when she pulled it off."
Lottie was one of 30 girls from the West of England invited to take part in the trials - only 15 were selected.
Netball is definitely Lottie's preferred sport and she hopes to be selected to play for England next year and has her sights set on the 2012 Olympics, but there are other national sports team coaches with their eyes on her outstanding ability.
In July Lottie was asked to attend a High Performance Assessment Camp for England Hockey at Loughborough University where she was judged to be in the top 10% of the 80 girls selected. As a direct result she has been asked to continue her hockey training and progress within the England Hockey set-up.
Lottie has also been honing her athletics skills with one to one coaching in preparation for the Athletics National Championships, due to take place in Birmingham at the end of this month for which Lottie has qualified to compete in the pentathlon.
Head teacher of Truro High School, Mrs Jane Abbotts, was also delighted with Lottie's success.
She said: "Lottie clearly has exceptional sporting talents which we will nurture and support in any way we can. She is a fabulous example to everyone in the school and an excellent ambassador. There will be a lot of fingers crossed for her during the National Athletics Championships!"
Mark said: "Lottie's mum, Sue, and I are so grateful to the staff of Truro High School. They create the perfect environment for Lottie - encouraging her sporting talents without compromising her academic studies and personal development. Her success is evidence of the staff's expert guidance, dedication and ability."