Commonwealth Games: Eboni Usoro-Brown retires from netball | Netball News

Eboni Usoro-Brown has announced her decision to move away from netball after the competition in Birmingham; England will face New Zealand on Sunday afternoon in the bronze medal match; the defender has collected 116 caps so far

Last updated: 07/08/22 13:12

The defender has announced that she will stop playing sports after the Birmingham Commonwealth Games

The defender has announced that she will stop playing sports after the Birmingham Commonwealth Games

Eboni Usoro-Brown has announced that she will retire from all forms of elite-level netball after the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Usoro-Brown gave birth to her daughter Savannah in August 2020. She returned to the sport for the most recent national and international season, aiming to make the Commonwealth Games squad.

The defender went to Australia to play for the Queensland Firebirds to give herself the best chance possible and will finish her career in England’s bronze medal game against New Zealand at the Commonwealth Games.

“It has been one of my greatest honors to represent England Netball in a career spanning more than 17 years,” said Usoro-Brown.

“As a young girl it was my dream to play for England, and I stand here today with pride with 116 caps, representing the Roses in seven major tournaments, culminating in being part of the team that made history by gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and the honor of being inducted into England Netball’s Hall of Fame.

“Being a rose is a huge privilege that I’ve never taken for granted. Every time I’ve appeared in the red dress, I’ve never wanted it to be my last,” she continued.

Eboni Usoro-Brown returned to an international court after the birth of her daughter and wanted to inspire others to do the same (Image credit: Morgan Harlow)

Eboni Usoro-Brown returned to an international court after the birth of her daughter and wanted to inspire others to do the same (Image credit: Morgan Harlow)

“After the birth of Savannah in 2020, one of my goals was to make the Commonwealth Games team. It has been incredibly special over the past 10 days to have my daughter sit in the crowd watching her mother bring her dreams to the world continued to achieve phase.

“However, it is also for this reason, on my own terms, that I have decided to retire to give myself more time to fully focus on my young family and legal career.

“My hope is that my journey will inspire future Roses, girls and women to know that with iron determination, a support network and an unwavering belief in your own abilities, absolutely anything is possible, even successful dual careers while you are a mother.”

During her domestic netball career in England, Usoro-Brown played two stints for Team Bath Netball, won four Vitality Netball Superleague titles (2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010) and then captained the Blue and Gold for six seasons between 2016 and 2021 .

She has also played abroad for West Coast Fever, Adelaide Thunderbirds and most recently for the Firebirds.

Usoro-Brown was inducted into the England Netball Hall of Fame in December 2020 and since having her daughter, she has spoken openly about her desire to inspire other moms in the sport.

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