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Breakfast with an England International

Hannah Joseph, an ex St Gabriel’s pupil, who plays Wing Attack (WA) for superleague team Loughborough Lightning and an England international at netball, joined us this week for the Sports Scholars’ Breakfast.

Mrs Pasternakiewicz recalls Hannah starting the sport “Hannah started at St Gabs in year 5 in my class (I was a form teacher then) she had never played netball before but had a natural ability in all sports. She trialled and was selected for Newbury Netball where she developed very quickly. She juggled her commitment to school sport with playing regularly for Newbury, then onto Eagles in Maidenhead and finally playing for Weston Park Blades. She was part of our IAPS finals team who went down to play at Roedean.”

Hannah went to Loughborough University and started playing for the superleague team Loughborough Lightning as wing attack (WA). She is also in the England squad and was training with them in the summer when she snapped her Achilles; she is recovering from successful reconstruction surgery and in on a 6 month recovery period with intense physiotherapy at Bisham Abbey, the centre for sporting excellence. Hannah is now a professional netball player and would like to be back in action in January and trying to claim a place in the England team for the Commonwealth games in Australia.

During the breakfast debate, Hannah raised some important questions about resilience in sport and how to cope with disappointment and setbacks.

We were delighted to welcome Hannah back to St Gabriel’s, her experience and success is an inspiration to our current pupils. We wish her a speedy recovery and hope to see her in the England squad for the Commonwealth Games next year.

Visitors to St Gabriel's quickly recognise that this is no ordinary school. Parents are always impressed by the sense of purpose and enthusiasm of the talented, committed staff and the confidence of the extremely happy pupils. We offer girls the opportunity for a seamless journey from Nursery through to Sixth Form, with our boys leaving us at the age of 11 for their senior schools.

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