ENGLAND women’s cricketer Danni Hazell visited her former college to inspire the next generation of sports stars.
The 26-year-old was a guest speaker at New College Durham for its Sports Celebration of Learning event, which recognised both the academic and sporting achievement of the sports students.
Danni, from Durham, was a former sport student at New College Durham and studied on the Level 3 Sports and Exercise Diploma before turning professional.
She said: “I started playing cricket when I was 12 years old, and it was always just a hobby.
“I had no idea that it would later become my full-time career.
“The sports course at New College Durham gave me a good foundation in sport and taught me about important aspects such as nutrition.”
She congratulated the students on their success and inspired them to fulfil their potential, saying: “If you are passionate about sport, get involved and work hard, it’s amazing where it can take you.”
Danni played county age-group cricket for Durham and was a member of the Durham Academy, but she now plays her women’s county cricket for Yorkshire.
After impressing in the England Women’s Academy, she broke into the senior squad for the 2009 World Twenty20.
She continues to feature in the senior squad with recent victorious tours of South Africa and New Zealand.
New College’s curriculum leader for sport, Steve Bell, said: “We are very proud of all of our former students’ successes, and it was a great honour to welcome back Danni to the college to help inspire the next generation.
“We have some outstanding sportsmen and women this year, and we hope in years to come, they too will be back to share their success stories.”