Harrison gets set for American adventure

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Lizzie Harrison stands on the verge on realising her dreams ahead of the start of her American College career.

The former County Upper School pupil will fulfil her ambitions in the coming days when she steps out on to the basketball court in Utah, after accepting a full Athletic Scholarship to attend the Salt Lake Community College.

A naturally gifted athlete, Harrison represented school teams in athletics, cross country, swimming and football, as well as picking up successive county championships in the high jump.

Her basketball talent was first spotted in 2005 when representing St Edmundsbury at the Suffolk Youth Games, before going on to play national league at Ipswich for four seasons.

After representing her county, Harrison took the decision to attend the Oaklands Basketball Academy in Hertfordshire, an England Basketball National AASE institution and part of the national player development pathway for basketball, where she would gain an NVQ Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence qualification in Basketball alongside her A-Levels.

That led to a trip to America in May this year where she opted to take up the offer from the Utah-based college and will now start a new chapter in her basketball career as part of Betsy Specketer’s Salt Lake Bruins side.

Harrison said: “Over the years I have leant what it takes to train at a high level and that if you have a dream you must do everything to achieve it.”