Sport scholars enjoy learning from former England netball captain

Sport scholars enjoy learning from former England netball captain

4 February 2021

Mrs Caroline Treacy, Director of Sport

We’re delighted that two Woldingham sport scholars, Rosie in Year 10, and Lea in Year 8, have been selected as kit ambassadors for Limitless, supplier of our smart new PE kit.  Both students put together great applications and Limitless is excited to support and encourage their sporting endeavours for 2021 as members of a group of 38 ambassadors.

On Friday 29 January, Limitless Performance Director Kate Richardson-Walsh welcomed Rosie and Lea with a message on Instagram and they also enjoyed a talk from former England netball captain Pamela Cookey on Monday night, so it’s been an exciting start. Rosie and Lea will be posting on social media every couple of weeks about their sports and staying active and will encourage and support each other too.

Below, Rosie tells us more about their fantastic opportunity to (virtually) meet Pamela.

Rosie, Year 10

“On Monday I was fortunate enough to have a presentation alongside other Limitless Kit Ambassadors from Pamela Cookey, the former England Netball captain who retired in October 2015 with 114 caps.

Pamela did a business degree at Bath University and became business manager of West England Sports Trust and then a few years later became an estate manager for NCC, which is her current job alongside being part of the Sky Sports netball punditry and commentary team.

Pamela was interested in sport from a young age and her idol was Denise Lewis. She talked about her journey to becoming England Captain and how hard it was for her to balance school and university with sport. At the age of 15 she made it onto the England U17 netball team and at the age of 16 she got her first cap for the England Seniors. However, along the way she had many setbacks with injuries meaning she was out of sport for a long time. It was “mentally tough” she said, “but I just had to keep positive and go through rehab”. This was really interesting as I’ve had a fractured ankle, which prevented me from doing sport for a time.

Pamela went on to talk about how to cope with pressure and gave us her six top tips on how to get over it. This was really insightful as it meant if I ever feel pressure on myself, I can apply those tips. Pamela’s presentation was incredible and really thought provoking. Let’s hope sport comes back soon as many of us are definitely missing it!”