Injury won’t stop Katie’s basketball dream

Northallerton College student Katie Hall with her England basket ball medal
Northallerton College student Katie Hall with her England basket ball medal
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AN injured basketball player has bounced back to form, representing her county at national level.

Northallerton College student Katie Hall was selected for Yorkshire to take on teams from all over the country in an inter-regional basketball competition, staged in Nottingham.

The high scoring guard thought her sporting career had been cut short last year when she rolled her ankle snapping a ligament.

A major operation and six months of physiotherapy saw the Romanby youngster get back on her feet and into the county squad.

“I have been playing since I was seven but when my ankle went I thought that would be the end of it,” said Katie, who plays for Doncaster.

“I felt I played well in the inter-regionals and was delighted we were placed third overall. Given the chance, I would love to play for England one day.”

That dream will be kept alive next year as Katie joins a party of Northallerton College athletes who have managed to secure tickets for the basket ball competition at the 2012 Olympics.

“I’m really looking forward to that,” said Katie, who is 5ft 9in. “My height does help me with my game, but I hope I have stopped growing. There’s nothing worse than looking down on all the boys.”

Head of PE Anna Harvey said: “Katie deserves all this success after such an awful injury. Her talent and determination have carried her through and she is a great role model in the college for all our students.”