If you’re a netball fan, the chances are you’ve heard of Helen Housby. Her winning goal, taken in the dying seconds of the 2018 Commonwealth Games’ final, was the stuff of fairy tales – and the first time the English Roses had ever won a major title. Her blue-tongued, jubilant face was captured for posterity at the bottom of a post-match pile-up, and became an Instagram hit liked by sporting giants such as David Beckham and Manchester United.
A study in contrasts, Helen is a huge presence on court, stalking the boards like St George’s flame breathing dragon, fired up, passionate, and with some of the best side-eyes in the business. But when the strapping tape’s off, and the uniform is in the wash, she’s altogether different. A country-bred girl – grounded, modest and straight-shooting, with an enormous love of nature and her families – both netball and blood related.