Net gain for young Harri

First published in Sport

Harri Truman is a very talented young sportswoman in terms of her own achievements, especially in netball, but she also does an excellent job as a Young Ambassador at Sir Thomas Picton School.

Harri has already been a member of the Welsh under- 15 netball team and intended to move up to the under-17 squad this year, but such has been her progress as a wing attack or goal attack that she has been promoted into the Welsh under-19 squad.

She followed mum Delyth into the netball scene and has been handling a netball since she was able to walk.

Her father Neil, who was a very good rugby centre with Tenby, Pontypridd and the Welsh Colleges, has given Harri every encouragement, while brother Billi is also a very good all-round sports player.

Harri plays netball for the school and the county, as well as for Milford Ladies in the Swansea League Premier Division, where matches are all played at the LC2 Centre in the city on Thursday evenings. Her travel is further increased by the fact that she plays for the Junior Dragons (under 19s) against the best English netball teams as far afield as Hull and London.

Not content with that commitment, Harri started out as a Young Ambassador after being invited to a meeting by the school’s 5x60 officer, Matt Freeman, and was quickly roped in to join this group of special volunteers.

They are charged with the challenge of encouraging more reluctant students at STP School to take part in sporting activities or to encourage others who have given up games to return to them. To that end she helps at lunch-time and in afterschool clubs that include netball, hockey, cross country, tennis and athletics.

Harri also attended the special day in Haverfordwest when the Olympic Torch was carried through Haverfordwest, working with athletics coaches from Pembrokeshire Harriers in getting youngsters to try their luck at throwing the javelin.

She firmly believes that there is a sport or active leisure activity for everyone and is eager to be a good role model in school with her own natural enthusiasm.

She is certainly an allrounder in her own right as she enjoys most sports, plays hockey for school and in golf at Trefloyne Golf Club has already reduced her handicap from 45 to just 14.

One has only to chat to Harri for a short while to see how much she enjoys her own sporting participation and her Young Ambassador work, and she is certainly held in high regard for the positive work that she puts in to the role at Sir Thomas Picton School.

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