Zoe Shipperley’s dream year continues this week when she represents England in the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Having captained Buckingham to promotion earlier this year, Shipperley has enjoyed considerable individual success, starting in December when she was asked to join the England and Great Britain training squad as a part-time funded athlete before, just two months later, she joined the squad full-time.
Zoe, who joined Buckingham over 10 years ago, was then selected in the 18-strong World Cup squad in Holland, and was also named in the winning squad for the Investec London Cup in July.
A centralised contract has also meant that Shipperley was forced to end her teaching role at St Edward’s School.
Now, the 24-year-old has travelled up to Glasgow with the England squad, who are one of the favourites for a medal. Having started their campaign with a 2-0 win over Wales yesterday, England now face Australia, Scotland and Malaysia in the group stages.
Zoe is not the only Buckingham representative at the Games, however, as head coach Zak Jones is also in Glasgow to lead the Welsh team.
Zak has been first team coach at Buckingham since 2001 and in that time, he has guided his team to 11 league titles or promotions in 13 years.
As a player, he earned over 100 caps for Wales and competed in the 1998 Kuala Lumpur Games before captaining his country in the Manchester Games in 2002.
Wales face world champions Australia in their group as well as hosts Scotland, India and South Africa.