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Maya, 15, gains selection for England programme

HELPING HAND: Maya Price is pictured with representatives of the Ipswich Sporting Lunch Club, who awarded her a SportsAid grant to help with costs
HELPING HAND: Maya Price is pictured with representatives of the Ipswich Sporting Lunch Club, who awarded her a SportsAid grant to help with costs

A teenage basketball player from Bury St Edmunds has been selected into the England under-17 women’s programme.

County Upper School pupil Maya Price, 15, has continued her rise in the sport after being chosen for an age group programme for the third successive year.

Price was a member of the England under-16 women national team programme last season and the national development programme for U15 girls the year before.

This season she represented the east region in the annual regional development tournament before being handed her latest opportunity with the England under-17 women’s squad.

On her achievement, Maya said: “Being with England U17 is a great opportunity for me. I am extremely honoured and excited to have the opportunity to represent my country.

“I’ve been playing basketball for about five years now and training with England is a massive achievement for me. I’m looking forward to the challenges that I’ll face.”

Coach Darren Johnson said: “As a school we are immensely proud of Maya for being selected into the England U17 team.

“She is a hard working and dedicated student-athlete. This achievement is beyond doubt a true reflection of the commitment, time and effort she has put into basketball.”

The youngster is the 20th super-talented Suffolk athlete to receive support from Suffolk SportsAid in 2015.

Suffolk SportsAid was established in 2007 as a legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, to support individuals with cash awards in the defining early years of their careers.

Since it was launched, it has made in excess of 150 grants to talented athletes from Suffolk raising and distributing over £120,000.

Without local fundraising these athletes would not receive any funding to help their sporting endeavours.

Last year saw an Ipswich Sporting Lunch Club established (www.ipswichsportinglunchclub.co.uk) by seven businesses from the Ipswich business community keen to do their bit for sport in the county.


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