A TALENTED netball player from Caverswall is two weeks away from a dream trip to South Africa, where she will represent England in a World Cup competition.
Brogan Griffiths, 20, a sports therapy student at Staffordshire University, said: "It's hard to believe that I will now be representing my country and I can't tell you how ecstatic I am with my achievement."
Brogan started playing netball when she was seven at the Tean Valley club.
Since then, she has moved on to play in the West Midlands Regional Netball League under England netball coach Collette Thompson.
Ursula Smith, who runs the Tean Valley club and coached Brogan, said: "Brogan has always been a talented player but what she's got extra to other people is the determination to succeed, to put in the hours to practice and to travel. She has also had superb parental support.
"Not only is it marvellous for Brogan, it shows the other youngsters at our club what you can do."
Brogan has been following an intense programme in preparation for the competition. She is travelling to Bristol and London each week to train with her fellow team members.
As the world championships are self-funded, Brogan has had to rely on sponsorship and fund-raising for her to represent her country.
On Saturday, the former Painsley Catholic School student was at Tesco in Hanley, where she took on the challenge of attempting to score 5,000 goals through a netball ring, while friends attempted to cycle and row for nine hours – the time it takes to fly the 5,000 miles from London to South Africa.
Brogan said: "We managed to raise £208 and I would like to thank everyone for their support. Thanks to help from family and friends, I have now got £1,800 towards the £2,300 I need."South Africa."