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Neville making a name for herself

24July2002

English wing attack, Tracey Neville, is relishing the chance to showcase her elite sporting talents in their own right at the Games.

Tracey Neville

Tracey Neville looking forward to playing in front of a home crowd

Neville who is often referred to as the 'sister of' Manchester United footballers Gary and Phil said: As netball is a team sport I would prefer the team get into the spotlight.

I have got a very, very talented family so that takes the spotlight particularly with football being very famous in England. Even though I have two famous brothers, they are supportive of me and I have achieved as much in my sport as they have in theirs.

The speedy 25-year-old with a pinpoint goal-circle feed spent a season in Australia in 1999 to develop her game playing national league alongside stars such as Kathryn Harby-Williams, Jacqui Delaney, Rebecca Sanders and Alex Hodge.

Neville is confident the home advantage and intense lead-up preparation, which included a 12-day camp in Sydney late last month, will give England every chance of success.

She was, however, mindful of wildcard and world number four Jamaica a team capable of upsetting any of the favourites such as New Zealand and Australia.

Our build-up has been brilliant, the best ever, so hopefully we can take this into the championships and come out with a medal, said Neville.

Weve got the home advantage with the crowd and our family and friends being able to watch us."

Wed never step out on court without trying to win the gold medal and do the best we can but we are mindful of less fancied teams such as Jamaica and South Africa.

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