In November, Netball Australia announced the athletes selected in the Australian Diamonds team for a Tour of England in January, with long-time NSW representative April Letton selected for her debut after impressive performances for the FastNet Diamonds (2010-2011) and Fast5 Diamonds (2012).
Netballnsw.com caught up with April to discuss her excitement about taking the next step in her international netball career and becoming a Diamond…
When April took the call from Head Coach Lisa Alexander early last week, she couldn’t believe what she was hearing – she had made her first Australian Diamonds team.
“When I answered the phone, Lisa asked me if I was sitting down…at first I wasn’t sure what was happening, but when she told me that I’d be a Diamonds player for the Tour of England I just burst with excitement!” April recalls.
“It’s been a dream of mine since I was a little girl to play for Australia, and for it to happen so soon is unbelievable…to have that sort of dream and goal ticked off the list is a surreal feeling.”
When Alexander announced April’s inclusion, she made mention of her impressive performance at the recent Fast5 Netball World Series held in Auckland earlier this month.
“I thought that I played pretty well during the Fast5 tournament, however you can never expect anything, and I certainly wasn’t expecting a Diamonds call up!”
“Every time I pull on the Green and Gold for Australia, I want to perform the best that I can…the England tour is a fantastic opportunity for me to experience the ‘big time’ against a quality opposition.”
April with join her NSW Swifts teammates Mo’onia Gerrard and Susan Pratley, who have also been selected for the three-match Tour of England.
“It’s comforting to know I will have Mo’onia and Susan with me on tour. They are good friends of mine but also really experienced international players, so I know I can go to them for any advice or tips,” April said.
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Tour of England Schedule
Test 1: Monday 21 January @ 4.30am*, University of Bath – Bath
Test 2: Thursday 24 January @ 6.30am, Wembley Arena – London
Test 3: Sunday 27 January @ 4.30am, National Indoor Centre – Birmingham
*All times are AEDT
The office of Netball NSW and the NSW Swifts will re-open on Monday 7 January 2013. We wish everyone a safe, happy and healthy festive break.