South Normanton teenager excited by England call-up

South Normanton teen Chloe Gaynor has been called up by England under-18s basketball squad in her first full club season.

The 16-year-old, who is 6ft 3ins, is one of only two players from the region to be selected for the 36-strong national squad.

Derbyshire teenager selected for England U-18 women's basketball squad. Chloe Gaynor.

Derbyshire teenager selected for England U-18 women's basketball squad. Chloe Gaynor.

She was spotted by England coaches whilst playing for the East Midlands side in a regional tournament, having trained with Nottinghamshire.

She said: “I didn’t know until I arrived at the regional tournament that there were going to be England coaches there watching us.

“I found out that I had been selected for England because it was posted on the England basketball Facebook page and some of my friends had seen it.

“They rang my mum and she rang me because I was in college. I was really pleased and my parents are so proud. It would be amazing to represent England, it’s exciting.

“It’s all a bit of a shock because I didn’t know that much about it, I will need to attend some England camps, but I’m waiting to find out exactly what happens next.”

Chloe, who attends Bilborough College and is studying AS Levels in PE, biology and maths, got in to basketball through the Duke of Edinburgh awards scheme.

She said: “I first tried basketball when I was doing the Duke of Edinburgh awards scheme. I used to be a swimmer but I had a bad back and my brother plays for Mansfield Giants basketball club so I thought I would like to give it a go.

“I started playing for the U16s when I joined and now I play for the women’s team, I’m the youngest in the squad and this is my first full club season.”

Chloe, who also plays for her college, added: “It is something that I would like to pursue, I would love to play in America where they have a professional women’s league.”