Hull defies the odds to become star
HARTPURY College student Kellie Hull has proven herself to be an inspirational netballer.
Hull, 16, exceeded all expectations after suffering septic arthritis as a toddler and being told she would 'never run'.
The 6ft 1in goalshooter plays for the Hartpury first team, the Hucclecote regional squad who play in division two of the South West competition, and was selected for the British Colleges squad.
With British Colleges, Hull has played against Superleague teams Northumbria, Nottingham and Surrey as well as Northern Ireland Under-21s, Scotland Under-21s and Scottish Universities.
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Regionally, Hull has also been part of the South West Excel/England Pathway, and this year was selected to play and train with Team Bath's National Talent League Development Squad.
Ultimately the 16-year-old dreams of playing for a Super League team.
Hull stated she wanted to start playing netball in a bid to build the flexibility and strength in her ankle after suffering with arthritis as a toddler.
With the support of her family she defied medical warnings to join Hucclecote netball club when she was ten years old, and her love for the sport was immediate.
Within a short space of time, Hull was scouted for a place in the prestigious Gloucester Talent and Performance Centre.
She soon began to progress through the Hucclecote age groups, playing in regional competitions for both Under-14 and Under-16 sides, but it was her move to Hartpury College that gave her the opportunity to scale the dizzy heights of netball.
Her coaches said Hull was an 'excellent role model' and a versatile player.
She has had a brief spell playing at goalkeeper to get more positional experience, while playing in the highest regional division in the south west.