SCOTLAND HONOUR: Carla McKnight
SCOTLAND HONOUR: Carla McKnight

Netball

A BARNEY student is set for her first international cap as teams vie for honours at the European championships.

Barnard Castle School’s Carla McKnight has been selected to play goal and wing attack for Scotland at the International Netball Federation event, from March 1 to 3, in Huddersfield.

The year 11 pupil was born in England but qualifies for Scotland as her parents are from north of the border.

She will square up on court against former team and schoolmate Ella Bowen who will compete in the same U17s competition – but for England.

Carla, of Lartington, has been playing for the past eight years and has enjoyed considerable success at regional level and for her club Oakways Hartlepool.

“I am really excited to be selected for Scotland and my family is delighted,” the 16-year-old said.

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“This could be an important pathway to Strathclyde Sirens, one of the best sides in the country, who play in the Super League.”

Barnard Castle School’s master in charge of Netball Tanya Broadbent said: “Carla is a very talented goal shooter who will now be playing at the highest level.

“We are thrilled that she has been selected.”

She added: “Her sporting potential was clear from an early age and she excels in netball, hockey and athletics. She has worked so hard and we wish her all the luck at the Europeans.”

Head of PE and games Rachael Masterman – a premier division netballer with Stockton, South Durham and Cleveland – said: “Carla’s success is typical of what we are trying to achieve with sport at Barnard Castle School.

“Our aim is to engage students in as many sports as possible, whether that is rugby, badminton, athletics, hockey, swimming, rounders or tennis.

“There is no better role model than a pupil who is competing at this level of competition.”