KARLYNN Edgeller has been selected to play in the England under-16 basketball team for the European Championships next week.
Karlynn, from Weeting, near Brandon, will join the 11 other memebers of the squad for the Championships held in Arad, Romania, on August 11, as they look to better their fourth-place finish last year.
“I was so pleased to find out I had been seleccted to play for my country, it is a real honour and a dream come true,” said Edgeller.
“It is my first year with the under-16s and I am extremely excited about the European Championships in Romania.
“We are confident we can do well after we came fourth last year and hopefully we can do better and perhaps even win the Championships.”
Since being introduced to the sport at Breckland Middle School in year five, the 15-year-old, who now attends Newmarket College, has continued to excel with Ipswich and nationally as part of the England Development Squads and has attracted praise from Great Britain performance manager Warwick Cann for her hord wark ethic.
However, instead of focusing on the praise, Edgeller chose instead to take the chance to thank the people that have helped progress to this stage as she set her sights on the future.
She said: “Kathryn James has been great and has been really helping me improve my game and progress over the last three years at Ipswich.
“A lot of thanks has also got to go to Kirk Bonas, who was my PE teacher at school and introduced me to basketball.
“He has been coaching me from the beginning so he has definitely been a big influence on me.
“However, most of all, I would like to thank my parents for all their support, particularly my mum who has driven the legnth and breadth of the country taking me to club, regional, area and England training.
“I would like to carry on playing and my dream is to one day play for the full senior Great Britain team.”