ATTENDING ENG FINALS
ENG Sports UK are excited to announce that England International and benecos Mavericks captain Sasha Corbin will attend our ENG U12's Netball Cup National Finals on March 2nd. The Netball star will hand out the award to the winning teams, which is truly a great opportunity for the competing athletes to be inspired.
Sasha grew up in Tottenham, London and wanted to be a professional sportswoman from a young age thanks to her sporty childhood. It wasn’t until she was at secondary school that she began to play netball (although she was inspired by watching her her mum play netball every week before this).
At the age of 15 Sasha had to choose between her favourite sports – athletics and netball – when she had the opportunity to go to the U16 pentathlon trials or to go to South Africa on a netball tour led by Team Bath. The option to go and travel to another country sealed the deal. After this, Sasha trialled for the England Netball U17 team and got selected for the U19s as GK (although she now plays WA or C). At just 16 years old she played in the Florida World Youth Championships, winning a silver medal.
Sasha was selected for the High Performance Programme at Team Bath which was led by Lyn Gunson who she describes as a huge inspiration, helping her to believe that she had the potential to be a world-class netballer.
Sasha studied Sports Performance at Bath University while also playing in the Team Bath Superleague team where she won the Superleague three times in total. She also captained the Mavericks for four out of the five years she played for them (winning another Superleague title in 2011)! Other than enjoying immense Superleague success, Sasha has had a phenomenal international netball career so far with 56 caps to her name. Sasha had a taste of international success early on, winning the Liverpool 2011 Fastnet tournament, but she describes 2013 as her defining year where she broke into the England squad (as a starting-seven player), taking a whitewash win against world number ones, Australia. In the same year, the England Netball senior squad beat every team they played with the exception of one game against South Africa. This earned them the coveted Sky Sports Women "Team of the Year" Award.
As well as playing netball, Sasha does motivational talks at schools and clubs where she also provides master-classes and coaching sessions. Sasha gives back to the netball community as the England Netball Ambassador and through her Youtube netball tutorials, #SoloSessions, believing that stretching yourself away from your team can make a huge difference to your overall performance.