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24 March 2009 / National Recognition For Lottie Richardson

The trial consisted of a grueling day of skills and match play for 14-year-old Lottie, under the guidance of the National Head Coach, Sue Hawkins.

It included the best Under 17 players from all the national Talent and Performance Centres in the country. During the day Lottie, from Falmouth, had a chance to show off her outstanding match play - including saving the ball from going off the sideline, turning in the air and feeding a pinpoint pass to the shooter under the post.

After the squad was announced Sue said: "All the selectors were impressed with the way Lottie held her own with girls three years older. It was refreshing to see her dynamic and exciting approach to the game."

Lottie will join the rest of the successful athletes at their first England Netball team camp in Loughborough over the Easter Holidays. She now faces some hard work to get selected for the Under 17 team to play in the European Championships next February.

Lottie is also in the Team Bath Under 19 Talent League squad, having been selected when she was 13 years old. The Talent League is the feeder series to the Sky televised Netball Superleague. The faith in Lottie's talent was recognised when her coaches at Team Bath secured a special age dispensation from the league to play against Celtic Dragons from Cardiff, in January this year.

As well as playing netball for Truro High School, Team Bath and now England, Lottie also plays for St Austell in the South West League under the guidance of her personal coach Jean Davies.

She said: "Lottie has been in the Cornwall Development programme since she was 11 years old and I feel she deserves her chance at national level. She is a talented athlete who has decided on netball as her main sport. Selection for the England Under 17s is a deserved reward for all the work she does in developing her skills, match play and fitness."

Head of Sport at Truro High School, Deb Freeman, said: "Lottie is an outstanding athlete and an asset to a number of the school's sports teams. We are extremely proud of her achievements and happy to support her."

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