|Doctor To The Rescue For England
Jenny Tranfield, the world No10 squash player from Yorkshire who has a PhD in 'Sports Psychology', has been called into the England squad for this week's European Team Championships in Nottingham following today's last-minute withdrawal of world No4 Tania Bailey.
Bailey, 23, from Stamford in Lincolnshire, has been suffering with a virus (recently identified as 'Epstein Barrs') and was advised by doctors not to compete. "Thankfully Tania is getting better, but we felt she needed more time to completely recover and fully regain her strength," said England National Coach David Pearson.
Dr Tranfield, 28, originally from Sheffield but now based in Milton Keynes, was delighted to hear the news of her first senior English cap: "I'm so happy - I've been desperate to play for my country for the last five years so I can hardly believe it's now about to happen.
"But my heart goes out to Tania, and I hope she gets better real soon," added Tranfield, who heard the news during a coaching session she was giving to youngsters at the Sue Wright Squash Academy in Oxfordshire.
Since gaining her PhD at Loughborough University just over a year ago, Tranfield has been able to focus fully on her squash career - and broke into the world top ten only this month.
It is a mark of England's strength in international women's squash that only one player (Vanessa Atkinson of the Netherlands) in all the other 15 national teams in the European Championships is ranked higher than Tranfield!