PE teacher to head off to South Africa to represent England

Communities / Wed 5th Feb 2014 at 02:43pm

netballA PE teacher is preparing to play out her dream in South Africa, as she represents England in her sport.

Kristina O’Hara, head of PE at Burnt Mill Academy, in First Avenue, Harlow, has been selected for the INA England (Indoor Netball Association) squad to go on tour for the World Championships in May.

A member of Hertford Hornets Netball Club, Miss O’Hara started her intensive training programme on Saturday in Bristol to build up her stamina for the fast and furious tournament games.

Miss O’Hara, of Broxbourne, said: “I have played in the premiership for three years and have competed at county and national level, but this is the first time I have represented England. This has always been the dream.

“Indoor netball is played on courts surrounded by nets so the ball never goes out of play. The game, therefore, is all about speed and agility. In traditional netball, I play in the goal attack position, but I’m only 5ft 6ins which I think has gone against me during previous selection processes. In indoor netball, my strength of speed and agility pays off.

“I was happy with my performance during the trial, but I still didn’t know if I’d been selected until I received an email two days later. I was so excited to find out. This has long been my ambition.”

Indoor netball teams consist of six players, with two attacks, two links and two defence. The INA World Championships will see England compete with South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

The teacher, who has worked at Burnt Mill for six years, had an operation on her knee just 12 months ago, but is committed to training hard between now and the championships.

She said: “The official training sessions are every week now until the three-week trip in May. But, I will also be working hard on my speed and cardiovascular at the school gym after lessons.

“My involvement with INA England gives me the opportunity to promote netball to our students who will hear all about my journey.

I have already started training our girls in indoor netball and they are loving the faster pace of the game. Our school netball team is heading off to Paris for five days during the Easter holidays to compete in a schools competition themselves.”

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