There’s strength and conditioning training, twice-weekly team training, studying, working full time; all while trying to have some kind of a social/home life. And you’ll struggle to find a player that feels like she is constantly trying to keep several (net) balls in the air at the same time more than Gabriella Marshall. The England u21 player has plenty to juggle. Constantly. In her third year of a physiotherapy degree, at Manchester Met, Gabriella’s life is relentless. If she’s not in a lecture, she’s at the gym; if she’s not at the gym, she on the team bus to an away game, and on it goes. So what keeps her coming back for more?
“If you love what you do, then it’s easy,” the 20-year-old said, without hesitation. I’ve got aspirations this year. I want to play in the Netball Youth World Cup this summer and that’s a goal of mine. If I stay in bed because I’m tired, the other 12 girls going for those positions will be ahead of me. I have that much on I have to be enjoying everything I’m doing and smile as much as possible – even though 95 per cent of the time I want to be going to sleep. You’ve got to want to be better every day and tick all the boxes. “