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Nursing student to represent England at netball

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A Leicester nursing student has been chosen to represent England at the upcoming Under-21 World Netball Championships.

Kiara Baxter, 20, who is from Bermuda and moved to the UK last year to study, has been named in England’s national indoor squad that will compete in Australia in June.

She is a member of the first team at De Montfort University where she is in the first year of her nursing degree, after winning a scholarship from the Bermuda Hospitals Board.

Ms Baxter said: “It’s a great honour to be chosen for the team and I am really excited. I’ve always loved sports, in particular netball.”

She added: “I became serious about nursing a couple of years ago when my niece became sick with a serious case of eczema and I took a role in her care and treatment.”

Angela North-Rose, head of De Montfort’s school of nursing and midwifery, said: “We are absolutely delighted for Kiara, it is a real testament to the hard work and dedication she has put into her netball career that she has been chosen to compete at this level.

“It is also a huge achievement that she is able to manage her studies and complete placements at the same time as training and playing netball at such a high level. We all wish her lots of luck for the summer.”

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