Serena Guthrie plans to finish the season with Team Bath and hopes to be in touch with England’s Vitality Roses as they prepare for this summer’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham; “It was an absolute privilege to be part of this group for so long, so I will miss it”
By Raz Mirza
Last update: 03/10/22 6:51 p.m.
Former England netball captain Serena Guthrie is excited about the future after announcing her retirement from netball but says she will miss her fellow Roses
England netball legend Serena Guthrie is excited about the future after announcing her retirement from the game, but admits she will be missed by her fellow Roses.
The 32-year-old will sit out July’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham after announcing her pregnancy and retirement from the sport on Wednesday.
Guthrie, who was instrumental in helping England win a historic gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, admitted feeling mixed emotions after speaking with head coach Jess Thirlby knowing she will not be representing the Vitality Roses this summer.
“It was definitely a mix of emotions and then this overwhelming feeling that I won’t be there with the girls this summer,” Guthrie said. sky sports.
“It all overwhelmed me quite intensely, but what was great was that I was able to communicate that with Jess and start to process those emotions.”
Guthrie announced she was pregnant and made the decision to retire from netball on Wednesday
Guthrie, who was selected to lead her country as captain ahead of the 2019 Netball World Cup in Liverpool, says she is excited about the future and hopes to stay in netball.
“For me, the overwhelming excitement of what’s next; I love the unknown, I love that feeling of being really progressive and moving forward. That’s how I’ve been all along. throughout my career, but I’m going to miss the girls, they’re pretty much the reason I play,” she said.
“People always ask you why as an athlete. Why do you go on for so long? For me, it’s the Rose girls, it’s that family. It’s an amazing, weird, wacky bunch.
“It was an absolute privilege to be part of this group for so long, so I will miss it, but being able to share the news with them on Zoom at the start of the week was also an incredible moment because I could see how happy that they were and their level of support for me is just amazing.
“It’s been an interesting week, three interesting months but I’m in a really good space with everything and I’m looking forward to my contribution that will stay in netball. I’m not going anywhere. I love the sport too much for that and I just can’t wait to see what it will look like for me in the future.”
“I needed her to be able to feel the joy in that moment because that’s Serena – she puts the team before herself and has done that throughout her career. She was happy but as a human, I needed to make her feel joy. Wherever she’s been in the world, we both know we can lean on each other in times of need. I’ve been to Jersey last year and I plan to go there often. I want to meet this baby as soon as possible.
Jess Thirlby on Serena Guthrie
Guthrie is considered one of the best midfield players in the game, playing domestic netball in England, New Zealand and Australia during her illustrious career and winning the Superleague title with Team Bath Netball.
She admits to being “proud” of her choices and says she “represents mothers” by having a child as a professional sportswoman.
Guthrie said: “I had planned to have a baby after being a netballer and an athlete, but to be able to do it and represent moms and talk about people like Eboni (Usoro-Brown) and Sophia (Candappa) and be really proud of their decisions and their personal choices in and around sport are also incredible.
“I’ve had incredible support from people like Jess and Team Bath – the people who love me just to give me the space to be able to do it and respect it because they love me too.
“I feel incredibly lucky to have the people around me and to feel super confident going forward.”