Saddleworth’s Olivia tipped for success

SADDLEWORTH School’s Olivia Forster is hoping to slam dunk her way to the top in basketball.

Olivia Forster

The 13-year-old from Watersheddings has dreams of playing for Great Britain at the 2024 Olympic Games and playing the sport professionally in America.

Olivia’s promise was underlined by being named in the England Talent Pathway programme for Under-14 and 15.

She has also won a place at an England junior basketball camp as 33 players at U14 and U15 level will attend a three-day training camp in Manchester over Easter.

And Olivia will be aiming to make the cut for the England U14 or U15 teams that have busy schedules ahead.

The U15s play in a tournament in Nottingham in April and U14s and U15s in both Copenhagen, Denmark, in June and Valencia, Spain, in August.

Mum Samantha said: “Olivia was asked to the U15 England camp last year aged 12 but did not make the squad.

“This time she is one year older and is hoping to make the squad. Whatever happens it is a good achievement to make the top 33 players from the country.”

Olivia, who mainly plays point guard, has already achieved success in basketball.

She plays for Manchester Mystic in the U14s National League and recently captained them to win in North League and, as a result, they are through to the national play offs.

Former Springhead Infants and Knowsley Primary pupil Olivia began playing basketball at Oldham Sport For All Centre, Hollinwood, aged six.

She joined Manchester Giants aged nine and later moved to Mystics for whom she also stars for their U16s who have just won the North Premier League.

She also helped Saddleworth win the year nine Oldham schools’ basketball tournament and, as representatives of the town, they finished runners up in the Greater Manchester finals.

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