Harrison and the art of motivation

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Shauna Harrison learned the hard way what it was going to take to play at the highest levels of youth international competition — by being cut.

In 2014. Two-thousand and fourteen.

“I was cut in my first attempt for the England Under-15s and this helped me prepare for the year after as I knew what I needed to work at in every practice,” she said. “It motivated me; I wanted to show that I was good enough.”

That is seemingly all water under the bridge for the Women’s Elite Academy Basketball League’s second leading scorer in 2016-17, which led to First Team All-Conference honours alongside Myerscough teammate Milly Knowles.

Not to mention Harrison has since represented England at the U15s and U16s European Championships where she averaged 9.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game last year.

All of that work has culminated in a place on the Great Britain Under-18s roster for the Division B tournament, which runs August 4-13 in Dublin.

“With the help of the coaching staff and the facilities at Myerscough,” Harrison began, “I feel this has me prepared both mentally and physically for the commitment required to play for Great Britain. The level of play has increased and I’ve trained even harder be ready for that intensity.”

Much like in 2015 when she made the England team bound for Copenhagen, Harrison is again ready to raise her level of play.

Great Britain tips off its push for promotion against Ukraine on the fourth whilst Moldova, Macedonia, hosts Ireland and the Slovak Republic round out Group D.

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Allen Gunn is a graduate of the University of Salford with a Masters degree in Journalism.