Megan's surprise at Roses call

Megan Thorne (right)
Megan Thorne (right)

Megan Thorne said she was shocked to be called up to the England Roses summer camp.

The MK Dons Netball U16s star has been playing netball for as long as she can remember, first taken to see her mum and aunt playing before taking up the sport aged 11.

Now a firm fixture in the Dons side, Megan has been selected to join up with the England Roses - a call she did not expect to receive.

She said: "I play for MK Dons and Wasps, and after the recent NPFL tournament, I achieved more than I could have hoped for, by being selected for the England Roses summer camp.

"The camp was an experience that I can’t match and taught me a lot. I was both shocked and overwhelmed when I was selected for the U17 Roses Academy.

"I am so pleased to have earned this chance, a step at the start of the English netball pathway.

"Since watching netball, I have idolised England internationals – Jo Harten and Helen Housby along with New Zealand’s Maria Falou and Baily Mes. I have watched them hoping to be as good, if not better than these outstanding athletes."

Despite suffering a knock back early in her career, when she was not called back after county trials, Megan continued her quest to play netball at the top level and after her latest adventure with the England squad, believes she can achieve her dream of playing for the first team some day.

She added: "My aspirations are ultimately to wear the red dress for the senior English Roses team, in result of hard work that I have already started and will continue.

"I’ve got where I am today, due to hard work and determination. I refuse to give in and want to play to my highest potential and enjoy every moment of my netball, wherever it leads me."