Sum­mer to shine again af­ter in­jury night­mare

Teen out of ac­tion for 20 months with rup­tured lig­a­ment

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - By Frank Smith tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­

IT HAS been a long road, but Brunel Univer­sity net­ball star­let Sum­mer Art­man is back af­ter 20 months out and has her eyes set on se­cur­ing a place at the World Youth Cham­pi­onships.

Art­man suf­fered a full rup­ture of her an­te­rior cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment which re­sulted in 17 months on the side­lines and 20 months out of com­pet­i­tive ac­tion.

The 18-year-old has now re­turned to ac­tion though and two months ago earned a spot in the Eng­land U21s train­ing squad and has been work­ing with the Hert­ford­shire Mavericks ahead of the Su­perleague sea­son start­ing in Jan­uary.

But Art­man, who also has arthri­tis and other knee prob­lems, stressed just be­ing back on the court is her big­gest achieve­ment in 2015.

“It was definitely a rocky road get­ting back, but I feel strong and good back on the court,” she said.

“I had my first game three weeks ago so I’m well into the swing of train­ing and play­ing and I need to sus­tain my sea­son so I can last the sea­son.

“To be hon­est, just get­ting back on court and be­ing fit and strong is the big­gest achieve­ment I could have asked for at this point.”

Art­man is study­ing psy­chol­ogy at Brunel Univer­sity and is part of the net­ball team which tops the Premier South di­vi­sion.

She is cur­rently wait­ing to hear if she has made the Mavericks squad for the Su­perleague and has an im­por­tant year ahead as the teenager looks to book her place at the World Youth Cham­pi­onships in Botswana in July 2017.

Art­man added: “I am try­ing out for the Mavericks squad so hope­fully I can make it and that will be a big achieve­ment if I do get in.

“The Su­per League is the big­gest thing in the net­ball cal­en­dar and it starts at the end of Jan­uary. That is what we have been train­ing to­gether for as a squad.

“Long term I am work­ing to­wards the World Youth Cham­pi­onships. I hope other op­por­tu­ni­ties ar­rive once I get stronger and play more be­cause I have only just got back so I can’t over­load my­self too much yet, but as I get more com­fort­able play­ing and get fit­ter and stronger then I hope dif­fer­ent se­nior op­por­tu­ni­ties will ar­rive, like they were be­fore I got in­jured.

“That will hap­pen as and when, but at the mo­ment the only thing I am fo­cussed on is the World Youth Cham­pi­onships.”

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