Shanice Norton, one of the athletes on the Newham High Performance Programme, recently represented South of England at the UK School Games, and kindly sent us this report of her experience. Shanice is a talented all rounder and has played representative volleyball AND basketball. We thank her for taking time out of studying for her GCSE’s to write this piece.
“After attending a Volleyball Training Camp at Kettering (National Volleyball Centre) last weekend, my team England South, travelled by coach back down to east London to the ‘Excel Centre’. I was competing in my first Sainsbury’s UK School Games, (which is for 16years and under) what an experience! We got to meet loads of athletes from all different sports; we were all treated like celebrities. For the volleyball we were in a line-up of six other teams, England North, Northern Ireland, England Central, Scotland East, Scotland West and Wales. Our final position was 4th out of 7, although we didn’t win, it was a great experience, the final showdown closing ceremony was held in the Olympic Basketball Arena, I was overwhelmed to see the inside of an Olympic Venue!
In Volleyball they have something called the ‘Super 6 – All Star’ to my amazement and total surprise, my name was called, yes, I got selected and received a golden volleyball, I was astonished, but my team mates and coach were very proud.”
The Newham High Performance is a programme, run by UEL and funded by Newham Council, which supports talented athletes aged 14 and over in their chosen sport. Support includes dedicate strength and conditioning support, funding for training and coaching, and small bursaries towards competition and equipment costs. If you have represented your region, or are ranked in the top 100 in your sport in the UK, live in Newham, and would like to find out more about the programme, please check out: http://www.uel.ac.uk/sports/scholarships/newham.htm.