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BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JANUARY 05: Activity during the Vitality Netball Superleague Super 10 at Arena Birmingham on January 5, 2019 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images for England Netball)

Featured player – Yasmin Parsons

 

Name: Yasmin Parsons

Position: WA/C

Clubs: Surrey Storm, Weston Park Blades

Domestic honours: Vitality Netball Superleague winner 2013 (Team Bath) and Vitality Netball Superleague winner 2016 (Surrey Storm).

International honours:

  • Gold European Championships u17 and Captain 2011
  • Player of the Tournament u17 European Championships
  • Gold at European Championships u21 2013 and Captain
  • Gold at Senior Open European Championships 2012 and 2013
  • 4th at U21 World Championships in Glasgow 2013
  • Gold at World Universities representing Great Britain 2013
  • England A

About:

At only 25, Yasmin has a vast amount of Vitality Netball Superleague experience and since being given her first taste of Superleague action by Team Bath, she has not looked back.

Yasmin is no stranger to representing her country as she has featured for various age group squads. She has also travelled with the senior side to a Quad Series in Australia and New Zealand but was not capped.

Yasmin is now a key member and vice-captain of Surrey Storm where an outstanding performance saw Surrey Storm defeat Team Bath 56-50.

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Q&A: Storm’s Yasmin Parsons and Lorraine Kowalewska

Two-time Vitality Netball Superleague champions Surrey Storm are ready to rise in 2019!

Storm finished seventh in 2018 and are now determined to rise together as a team and challenge at the top end of the table once again.

Ahead of the season, we caught up with Yasmin Parsons and Lorraine Kowalewska to get their thoughts on the team’s strengths and working with Mikki Austin.

How excited and ready are you for the new season?

Yasmin: Definitely ready! Last year with the Commonwealths in between, we started and finished later so it’s been quite a tight turnaround this time so I’m definitely ready and really looking forward to it. I know our team has had a few changes as well so it’ll be good to put that out onto court and see what we’re made of.

Lorraine: Just super excited for the season! With the new faces and some of the other team members we’ve had for a while, just solidifying those combinations should be good.

What are Storm’s main strengths?

Lorraine: Family – we’re a big Storm family, we do really support each other in whatever we’re doing and we try and be there for each other as much as we can.

Yasmin: If things aren’t going quite right in the game or I know we’ve had a few friendlies, we really do back each other. Obviously in the game, you’re going to have dips but we really do come together. We’re quite united as a front and I know Mikki’s trying to get the theme of us rising as we’ve had a few changes and I think it’s about time that Storm picked itself up. We’ve gone from winning the Vitality Netball Superleague to then finishing seventh in 2018 so it is about us rising together. I think with the group of girls we’ve got this year, we’re more than able to do that.

What are your expectations and aims for 2019?

Yasmin: I think everyone’s expectation is to be in the top four and I think our aim is definitely to get there as well. With the new players, we also want to form bonds. Doing better than last season is one of our main targets too.

What’s Mikki Austin like as Storm Director of Netball?

Lorraine: She’s very tactical and technical and she pushes us hard. I think she will admit that she’s a young Director of Netball but I think whatever she doesn’t know, she’ll work hard to learn it or get experience from other people. She knows what she wants out of the franchise and is trying really hard to ensure that she implements that. It might not happen this year but I really believe that she is looking to the future in terms of pushing Storm to rise.  

You can get tickets to watch all 10 teams in action at the Super 10 season opener here.