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10 July 2012 | PR 12/133

Lightning players help GB to world triumph

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Five Loughborough Lightning players have helped Great Britain triumph at the inaugural World University Netball Championships in Cape Town.

The squad that beat South Africa 53-49 in the final included Loughborough University students Sophia Candappa and Jade Forbes Wattley, and Loughborough College representatives Jodi Gibson, Rachel Mulloy and Lauren Steadman. Jordan Moxey was a non-travelling reserve.

All play for Loughborough Lightning, a university franchise, in the FIAT Netball Superleague.

Great Britain won after a tense and dramatic period of extra time in which both sides managed to score just 10 goals between them.

The scores were level at 46-46 at the end of regular play, forcing the match into extra time of seven minutes each way.

Steffi Burt turned in a faultless shooting performance for Great Britain who led 12-10 at the end of the first quarter and 24-22 at half time.

Great Britain fell behind for the first time a few minutes into the third quarter and trailed 35-34 at the end of it.

South Africa stretched their lead to three, but the experienced Great Britain side pulled it back and their goal in the dying seconds of regular time took the match into extra time.

Both sides then made uncharacteristic errors and, as the tension mounted, Great Britain took a 50-47 lead. And with goalkeeper Kadeen Corbin in fine form they held on for an historic win.

Great Britain reached the final with victories over Jamaica (46-44), Namibia (62-33), Uganda (45-44), USA (82-14) and Ireland (52-37).

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For all media enquiries contact:

Chris Goddard
Sport PR Officer
Loughborough University
T: 01509 223491
E: C.J.Goddard@lboro.ac.uk 

Notes for editors:

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching and strong links with industry.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport and its underpinning academic disciplines. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

Loughborough has been selected by the British Olympic Association as the Official Preparation Camp Headquarters for Team GB prior to the London 2012 Olympic Games. The University has also signed a partnership with the Japanese Olympic Committee that will see both organisations working together until the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Follow the University’s London 2012 Olympics news on Twitter - @lborolondon2012

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