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Talented Natalie enjoys a net gain
NELSON netball ace Natalie Haythornwaite has been picked to receive a £500 donation from Asda Burnley and join the Asda Athletes class of 2012 – the fourth year in succession she has been selected for the scheme.
Former Fisher-More pupil Haythornthwaite, 19, has been selected for the honour in recognition of her outstanding performances as one of the best emerging young talents in the UK, having won gold with the Great Britain University team at the World University Netball Championships in South Africa last month.
And now she is hoping to build on this success with the Under 21 England Netball squad in Australia in the latest round of the Under 21 International Netball Series.
The team take on hosts Australia in their first match on Thursday.
Haythornthwaite, who plays for Yorkshire Jets and Leeds Carnegie, said: “The support I have received from Asda over the past four years has really facilitated my progress within netball; my most recent sponsorship grant was put towards a car which will significantly help me get to my many training sessions and competitions, often located nationwide.”
In addition to the £500 donation to help with training and equipment costs, Asda colleagues will also be fundraising for Haythornthwaite throughout the year and offering their support in what has been, and still is, a big year for British sport. Tim Scott, project manager for Asda in the Community said: “Asda Athletes is about supporting the potential of the best young athletes in the country.
“We are thrilled that Natalie has been selected to represent England in two international tournaments and we wish her, and all our Asda Athletes the very best of luck in their future competitions.”
Over the past four years, more than 2,000 young elite athletes have been chosen to join the Asda Athletes scheme, with the support of the charity SportsAid.
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