SEVERN Stars goal attack Iona Darroch has been selected to represent England in the Netball World Youth Cup this summer.
The 19-year-old, who is also a first-year illustration student at the University of Worcester, will head to Botswana for the tournament in July as part of a 12-strong under-21s team.
“I’m super excited. It’s a great honour to be able to represent my country,” said Darroch.
“There’s been a lot of hard work, but it’s paid off. Two years ago I wouldn’t have thought I had a chance, so it’s amazing to be selected. It’s a great group of girls to go away with and I’ve got to know them really well over the last four years.
“I think my move to Severn Stars has definitely helped me gain more experience. It’s the training intensity and match experience you get with the Superleague. It definitely develops you as a player as it gives you more exposure to a high level of netball.”
Darroch, who also plays for the University of Worcester netball team, has been part of the England Roses under-21 squad for the past two years after having represented her country at under-19 level.
She will become the fourth Stars player to represent England, joining teammates Jodie Gibson, Eleanor Cardwell and Laura Malcolm.
Louisa-Jayne Walker, University of Worcester director of netball, said: “Iona’s hard work and dedication both on and off the court is an inspiration to many of our students and we’re proud she’s a part of our University of Worcester Netball Club. We wish her and the team the best of luck.”
The squad fly to Pretoria, South Africa at the start of July for a holding camp, before the tournament begins on Saturday, July 8.