Loughborough Alumni


21 Jun 2022

Alumna announced as Vice-Captain of Team England Netball Commonwealth Games squad

As Team England begin to announce their squads for the XXII Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, Jo Harten MBE has been announced as the Vice-Captain of the Women’s Netball squad.

Jo (International Relations 2011), who was part of the victorious team at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, will now look to retain the title on home soil. She will be playing alongside several Loughborough-affiliated netballers, including Loughborough Lightning’s Beth Cobden and Hannah Joseph.

Jess Thirlby, current head coach of the Team England squad commented: “No longer is it as easy to predict an England 12 such is the competition for places and depth in quality within our programme. We have worked hard over the last few years to ensure that the internal competition is high in order to drive the intensity needed in our environment to best prepare the team for big stages such as Birmingham 2022.  

“The player group have been outstanding in embracing this challenge and the final 12 represents that hard work. I want to both congratulate and thank all the athletes that have been a part of this journey so far.

“With 925 caps between them and 21 Commonwealth Games appearances we can take real confidence from the experience in the team.  

“We look forward to playing in another big tournament and representing our fans on home soil so soon after Liverpool in 2019, something unlikely to happen again in our lifetimes and one which we are not taking for granted.”  

The netball schedule commences on Friday 29 July, with the Final being staged on Sunday 7 August.  

David Parsons, Performance Director at England Netball, added: “To have the opportunity, on home soil to defend the title that was won so memorably on the Gold Coast is hugely exciting for everyone involved. The four years since 2018 has seen the introduction of some very talented young athletes alongside their more experienced and celebrated teammates to give a really balanced squad going into the Games. And with an impressive set of results and performances in recent months, there's a confidence and a belief that the team can compete with the best in the world.”  

Team England’s Chef de Mission, Mark England OBE, welcomed the players to the team: “After Team England’s success at the 2018 Games, I know the Birmingham crowd will be excited to see the 2022 team in action this summer. I am delighted to welcome the athletes to Team England and wish them every success as they aim to ‘Bring It Home’.” 

Photo credit: Ben Lumley Photography

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