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Saracens Mavericks player and Bishop's Stortford College coach Celyn Emanuel in Wales netball squad ahead of Commonwealth Games qualification bid

Celyn Emanuel has taken a step closer to turning her Commonwealth Games dream into reality by being called up to the Wales squad.

The wing attack, who is a sports coach and resident house assistant at Bishop's Stortford College, has been named in her country's senior setup after a successful five-day trial process.

Emanuel, who can also play at centre, was one of 26 players to make the grade after the triallists were whittled down from 95.

Celyn Emanuel (26812677)
Celyn Emanuel (26812677)

And she will now be hoping to help Wales qualify for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, which take place in Birmingham, as well as the World Cup in South Africa the following year.

"I was delighted to be selected to represent my country," said Emanuel, who plays for Superleague side Saracens Mavericks. "It is an honour to be a part of such a talented squad.

"I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to progress as a player and to come up against some of the best teams in the world.

"I look forward to furthering my netball career after this and my long-term goal has always been to make it to the Commonwealth Games."

Emanuel, who began playing netball at the age of eight, is part of a Wales squad on the rise - they recently climbed to ninth in the world rankings.

Netball has been a Commonwealth Games sport since 1998 and the Welsh team's best performance was in Manchester in 2002 when they came sixth.

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