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14 September 2009 / Truro High School's Golden Girls

Lottie Richardson has been selected for the 15 to 19 year olds England Netball National Excel Programme and Jordanna Morrish has been crowned England's top high jumper for her age.

Jordanna's success came at the English Athletics Championships in Bedford last month when she became the national U15 high jump champion.

She cleared an impressive 1.65m to secure the title and, as she is still only 13, she'll have the opportunity to defend that title at the competition next year.

It was Jordanna's second national competition of the summer. She was ranked number 1 high jumper under 15 in the UK for the English Schools Championship in July finishing a creditable 6th after a nervous national debut.

Talking about her success in Bedford Jordanna said: "It was amazing, I was not really expecting to win having not done so well the last time I was at a national competition, but that made me more determined to do well at Bedford. It is definitely my best win ever!"

Lottie will be the only member of the England Netball National Excel squad selected from Cornwall. Her success was announced only a few days ago. It means she will join a squad of 25 young women from throughout the country aged between 15 and 19 - a considerable achievement as Lottie is still only 14.

The National Excel Programme runs form May to March and involves nationally managed and controlled training camps and weekends as well as two hours technical training per week delivered by the local Excel Academy.

The programme is focused on the progress of the individual rather than the squad with a view to developing the potential of England's international champions of the future.

In January the U17 and U19 England Squads will be announced and if Lottie is selected she will compete in the Netball Europe Championships in March.

Lottie's father, Mark Richardson, explained that although Lottie is extremely excited about her selection to National Excel she is having a few days off netball training to concentrate on athletics as she prepares to represent Cornwall and the South West, with fellow Truro High School sports star, Jordanna Morrish, in the national Multi-Events final later in September.

Headmistress of Truro High School, Caroline Pascoe, said: "The continued sporting achievements of both Jordanna and Lottie are a constant source of pride to everyone at Truro High School. With just over 400 students we are a small community but we believe in concentrating time and resources on each individual. We want our pupils and our sixth form students to have the best education available in an environment that wholly supports their own particular needs."

Mrs Pascoe also praised the efforts of the school's sports teachers - not just for their support of Jordanna and Lottie but for all the other sporting successes including achieving 100% grade A passes in Sport at A level and scoring the best AS level Sport results in the country."

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