Harriet Ottewill-Soulsby has recently been named as the National Player of the Year for Under 18 Women after their promotion to Division following silver medal at the 2012 European Championship.
Harriet has been involved in the Leicester Riders programme for the past 3 years with her joining the Loughborough Student Riders and Coach Matthew Harber last season.
Harriet played a valuable role on the team earning big minutes in all games throughout the tournament and complemented the Loughborough Student Riders programme on their part they have played in her success and what her aspirations are now.
“I have greatly improved during my time at Loughborough and this can easily be seen in the statistics for my national team appearances where I went from averaging 5 minutes a game in the 2011 U16 European Championships to 18 minutes in the 2012 U18 European Championships. I am now hoping to sign with a Division One college in America for the 2013/14 season and the help I have had from my coach and the Loughborough Basketball Programme in order to achieve this goal has been phenomenal.”
England Under-18 Head Coach Len Busch was very pleased with Harriet’s performances this summer.
“On a very talented promotion-winning team no one better exemplified outstanding and consistent leadership, teamwork and application across the board than Harriet. Her work ethic is outstanding and her future is bright.”
Loughborough Women’s Head Coach, Matthew Harber, has worked with Harriet for the last year and has seen some great progression following the hard work she has put in
“Harriet has just continued to ride a wave of positivity over the past 18 months or so and this award is a recognition/accumulation of Harriet’s perseverance and commitment to her own development.
I’m very proud of Harriet and everything she has achieved, but in my opinion this is only the start of her career and I’m excited to see what the future holds for her.”
Harriet continues her regular season play for the Loughborough Student Riders who currently sit in second in the Vcars.co.uk National League Division One with a record of 6-2.