The most capped player in England Roses’ history, Jade Clarke has represented her country at four netball World Cups, four Commonwealth Games and plays for current Vitality Netball Superleague champions, Wasps Netball.
As if this wasn’t enough, Jade now adds the title of ambassador for the Vitality Netball World Cup 2019 to her list. As we welcome Jade into the World Cup fold, we found out what makes her tick.
Who is your biggest support when you’re on the court and who do you rely on for moral support?
Kadeen Corbin and I have known each other a long time and she has a really good sense of how her teammates are feeling. She always gives me a few words if I need a pick-me-up or just need to relax on court. Playing for England with Nat Haythornthwaite and also at Wasps has given us a really good connection over the last year and we give each other confidence.
It has been a successful year for the Roses, will you be approaching training for the Vitality Netball World Cup any differently than you have done previously?
I think we’ve always had great belief in each other as a team and our potential ever since my first World Cup experience in 2003 so that will stay consistent. We’ve done lots of work on the mental side of our game and preparing for all sorts of situations on and off the court. For me a big one is being tough, being able to bin mistakes on the court and move onto the next opportunity. We learnt a lot at the Commonwealth Games about how to approach it one game at a time, stay focused and enjoy it!
What goes through your mind when you run on to the court for a World Cup match?
Playing at a World Cup is the pinnacle of any sport, it’s a huge opportunity for the team to show what we do day in day out. All the hard work is done and it’s show time!
What does it mean to you to be an ambassador for the Vitality Netball World Cup 2019?
It’s a real honour and really exciting to be part of the Vitality Netball World Cup 2019. The opportunity has given me a chance to stop and think about the amazing highs, lows and experiences that have brought be to where I am now. Netball is on the rise in the UK and I’d love for 2019 to have a real impact on players across the country.
Do you have a standout or favourite moment from past World Cups?
A favourite moment for me was playing against Australia for the first time at the 2003 World Cup, it was a huge opportunity and I loved it! Playing with Karen Atkinson in her final match as captain and earning my first World Cup medal in 2011, also stands out as a special moment. We finished on such a high.
How do you unwind?
I enjoy a good TV series – I’ve just caught up with Killing Eve, but I especially love coffee with friends.
Do you have any hobbies outside of netball?
I love dogs and I’ve joined a website so I can walk dogs in my area! Drawing and cooking also relaxes me and I love listening to music.