Oundle netballer capped by England

Sienna Rushton.
Sienna Rushton.

An Oundle pupil has represented England in netball at Under-17 level.

Oundle School netballer Sienna Rushton, 15, was capped three times as a member of the national squad at the Netball Europe Championships, held in Belfast last weekend.

Victories against Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland saw the England team triumph as European Champions, with Sienna contributing to the 200 goals scored in just three games.

Sienna said: “Netball Europe was most certainly an experience I’m not going to forget and was shared with some of the most amazing girls.

“The matches were a whole new experience and very lively with the crowd.

“The training we put in over the last year really showed through and I hope that this opportunity will continue on to bigger things in the future.”

Sienna‘s netball career outside of school is with her local club Turnford Netball Club.

Since joining Oundle in September 2015 as a sports scholar, Sienna has also been selected to represent East Midlands Regional Performance Squad and Netball Super League team Wasps at Under-21 level.

Head of netball Bev Burnham said: “Sienna is a fantastic role model to young netball players both in and out of school.

“She has a positive work ethic which she should be proud of.

“To have her here at Oundle boosts both the netball club and the Sports Scholarship programme.

“Sienna is back at England this coming weekend for selection for the forthcoming season and we all wish her well.”

Captain of the Oundle School Netball Club and first team Izzy Myers, 17, added: “Sienna has been an inspiration to the club and I wish her every success in her future netball career.”

The Oundle School Under-16 squad have qualified for the National Schools Finals on March 18 in Welwyn Garden where they hope to see Sienna take to the court.