Achievements to date
I am Lola Wheeler and I have been playing netball in Kent since the age of 10. Having played locally in junior leagues in Kent, I was first selected into the County Academy aged 13 and subsequently, aged 15, into the London and South East Regional Academy. Following a progression through the ranks, I was chosen for National Academy selection camps at Easter and in the summer of 2017 and was selected into the England Netball Academy in July 2017.
Last season I represented London Pulse in the U19 National Performance League, and Hertfordshire Mavericks U21 National Performance League (which is the closest U21 team). These teams entailed matches around the country and weekly training sessions, together with regional and club training. I currently enjoy playing in the Senior National Premiership 2 for Telstars Netball Club.
When I am not playing or training for netball, I also enjoy running and compete in cross country and middle-distance races – having run for Kent at English Schools and Inter-counties. I find that the training I do for running enhances my netball fitness and helps me maintain the stamina required. Though netball is my main priority, if I find time in the off-season, competing in triathlons is something I also have fun doing. However, for the last two years, netball has occupied most of my time and focus.
With the National Academy we have monthly training camps, and session outlines to follow, playing in three teams is a big-time commitment, but, netball is a big part of who I am, and I am grateful for the opportunities it has given me.
I am currently studying in Year 13 for the International Baccalaureate, which entails studying six subjects. Time management is essential to maintain high standards at school and in sport. However, my motivation to continue and succeed in both helps with this. I am appreciative of the support my family has provided to help me reach this level and hope to continue to make them proud.
Selection into the u19 England National Academy.
Not taking to court in the Copper Box in an U21 match before a televised Superleague Match
Remembering I play to enjoy it
Over the last twenty years, £198,554 has been awarded to individuals and organisations across Kent.