Uckfield-born Natalie Miller has been selected to captain England in the World Indoor Netball Championships taking place in South Africa in August.
The 28-year-old, who went to St Philip’s Primary School and Uckfield College, won a gold medal as part of an England team who became world champions in 2016.
She is delighted to not only have been selected to play again this year but to captain the team.
She is particularly pleased because just over a year ago she ruptured her Achilles tendon and feared she wouldn’t recover in time for selection.
Natalie was determined to win her place and even though an NHS physiotherapist wouldn’t give her extra exercises and her surgeon said she shouldn’t be jumping ahead of herself she pressed on.
Another physio helped her on her way saying all would be well as long as her body allowed her to do it, and if there were any warning signs she should stop.
Natalie played her first game of the season in September and is now completely fit and travelling to Birmingham for weekend training sessions in the run up to the world championships.
This time she doesn’t have to worry about the costs of travelling to train in Birmingham or playing in South Africa because she is being sponsored by The Furniture Union.
Last time she had to fund-raise to cover her own costs. “It is so nice not to have to worry about that. I can concentrate on my training and fitness more now.”
Natalie, who works as a PE teacher at Seaford College, Petworth, also plays for the Sussex Thunder premier league team. Her twin sister Rebecca plays for the same team but she is currently injured.
Natalie’s parents Kate and Dave Miller still live in Uckfield. She also has two brothers who were keen on sport too. Nick played a lot of rugby before moving to the West Midlands and Joe used to play football for Uckfield before moving to America.
Natalie lives in Burgess Hill with her partner Alex Bygraves who captains the Lancing football team.
She will be heading to South Africa on July 31, ready to take part in the World Indoor Netball Championships between August 2 and August 12.