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!