College netballer headed for the United Kingdom on exchange programme

By On October 10, 2018

College netballer headed for the United Kingdom on exchange programme

College netballer headed for the United Kingdom on exchange programme

Roncalli College senior netball player and South Canterbury under 17 netball representative player Sophie Lyons has been selected to play senior netball at Seaford College in the United Kingdom for three months.
DOUG FIELD/STUFFRoncalli College senior netball player and South Canterbury under 17 netball representative player Sophie Lyons has been selected to play senior netball at Seaford College in the United Kingdom for three months.

It's a long way from Timaru to Sussex as Roncalli College senior netballer Sophie Lyons is about to find out.

The 15-year-old year 11 student and South Canterbury under 17 netball representative has been selected to attend Seaford College, in the United Kingdom, on a three-month exchange at the start of 2019.

Lyons leaves for the exchange on January 1 and will represent Seaford at senior netball while coaching junior players.

The thought of travelling 18,000 kilometres to go to school for three months had only just sunk in, she said.

"I'd didn't really think about it during the application process.

"Now there's a bit of anticipation."

The goal and wing attack, said the exchange was also an opportunity to immerse herself in school and learning cultures.

Her stepfather Josh South helped raise the $10,000 needed to get to the UK and back.

South said the trip would be an opportunity for Lyons to "expand her appreciation of the world through netball and education, and to develop positive relationships between Roncalli College and Seaford College".

&qu ot;Soph will also go over there and provide her knowledge of netball to the college through the coaching of their junior netball teams for the duration of their netball season, this also help provide Soph with leadership opportunities through netball and at Roncalli," South said.

Lyons lands in the UK on January 2 and will play her first game for Seaford senior on January 5.

South said the Seaford senior netball team placed second in the national netball competition in 2018.

"She is certainly going to a school that is focused on sporting and academic achievements, which is a huge positive for her," he said.

The trip was funded with the help of pub quiz, raffle, and the support of local business, South said.

"The skills she will gain will be priceless."

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Source: Google News United Kingdom | Netizen 24 United Kingdom

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