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Kate Mitchell

SUPER sporty Kate Mitchell has started her journey to reach the top of her sport after being selected for the England volleyball U17 squad.

Year 11 Kate was selected for a place on the Vollyeball England talent pathway after attending trials in October last year. Selection means she now attends an England training camp once a month at Volleyball England’s camp in Kettering, as well as rigorous workouts in between.

Kate has been a member of local volleyball team the Nottingham Rockets for just a year. After being selected for an inter-regional competition and then representing the East Midlands in May last year she decided to try out for England.

Alongside a demanding schedule, which sees Kate play a competition every weekend (sometimes three competitions in one weekend) the 15-year-old also practices volleyball for 12 hours a week. Add to this a schedule of gym, core and general fitness training, her schedule is relentless. But Kate stays she still has time to fit in her GCSE studies!