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From Turnford to Botswana: The Rise of England U21 Netballer George Fisher

George Fisher in action for England U21s vs. Wasps Netball
Published: 19 Jun 2017

Whether she’s on court, brick laying or belting out song after song in carpool karaoke, George Fisher bubbles with enthusiasm.

She’s enjoyed a meteoric rise in netball since she was 11 years old and playing for Turnford NC but remains unfazed by her success.

In fact, she credits others with her sensational development.

Speaking exclusively to Sports Gazette about where it all began, she said: “I was at a schools tournament and Kat Titmuss asked me to go along to a trial.

“I couldn't catch or throw a ball very well but funnily enough I was very tall!

“They invested a lot of time in me and by the time I was 12, I was selected for regional training and the rest just snowballed from there!”

From fittingly winning Player of the Match on St George’s Day to being part of the Wasps squad crowned Superleague champions in their inaugural season, it’s been a particularly impressive few months for the 18-year-old.

She’s also just been offered a full-time contract for 2017/18 by England Netball.

But Fisher remains grounded and determined to achieve even more.

Humble and unassuming, she’s full of praise for the quality of support and coaching received at Wasps.

“I've learnt some new skills,” she said.

“Tamsin (Greenway) is an amazing coach and walked me through new drills and set-ups.

“I have gained more experience and knowledge of the game and been able to add to my court craft.”

She also credits Greenway with giving her the best piece of advice: “Just enjoy it!!”

Focussed and committed with her mind set on the Netball World Youth Cup in Botswana with England U21s, Fisher admits there’s no rest for the wicked.

“We will train together over the next few weeks,” she said.

“Then we’ll have a training week out there before the competition starts.”

And her aims with a group of girls she describes as “crazy, unique and strong” are clear.

She said: “I want to win the World Youth Cup and personally put out a solid performance in every match that I can be proud of.”

Whatever further success Fisher undoubtedly goes on to achieve, she’ll certainly never forget where it all started: “I'm Turnford through and through – it’s my second family.”

Perhaps this summer she’ll be popping back with a gold medal around her neck…

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