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January
2020
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Medical student shoots into the England netball team

A University of Manchester medical student has made her senior debut with England in the netball Nations Cup.

Amy Carter was awarded her first cap against New Zealand by coming on in the final quarter in a bid to whittle down the world champions’ lead, though the side lost 64-48.

But in her second game against South Africa, Amy helped turn around the side’s fortunes, coming on in the second half to help the team win 58-54 after trailing in the first half.

She went on to play in the remaining two fixtures, including her first start in the 3rd place playoff, in which she was integral in helping England beat South Africa again to win the Bronze medal.

Head Coach Jess Thirlby told BBC News that the student has a ‘huge instinct on attack’ and ‘ability to win the ball’ adding it was as though she's been part of the team longer than just 4 games.

Amy is one of the University’s Sport Scholar athletes and supported by the Sport department, helps athletes to achieve academic and sporting sport success.

 It’s amazing to have gained my first cap on home soil against the defending World Champions. I couldn’t have had a better opportunity to enter senior international netball and would like to thank the University of Manchester and the medical education staff for supporting me and allowing me to have time away from my course to compete in the Nations Cup
Amy Carter

The Centre was in the U21 Netball Europe squad, Fast-5 Netball World Series squad in 2018 and a reserve for the 2017 Netball World Youth Cup.

In addition, she played a large number of England A games against teams in the top six in the world rankings and was impressive in her performances.

She plays her netball for Manchester Thunder during the Vitality Netball Superleague season, and won the Grand Final in 2019.

She said: “It’s amazing to have gained my first cap on home soil against the defending World Champions. I couldn’t have had a better opportunity to enter senior international netball and would like to thank the University of Manchester and the medical education staff for supporting me and allowing me to have time away from my course to compete in the Nations Cup.”

Photo credit: Ben Lumley

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