Vitality Rose and Loughborough Lightning star Natalie Panagarry made her England debut in 2016 when she faced Australia.
The mid-courter has now gained 17 caps for the Vitality Roses with the majority coming in the year of 2019. Those 12 months proved to be a pivotal year in her international career. It was the year she competed in her first major international tournament for England in the form of the Vitality Netball World Cup in Liverpool, where she made six appearances on her way to a bronze medal.
Under Head Coach Jess Thirlby, Natalie has proven her worth to the team both on and off the court. A popular and energetic member of the squad, she has travelled with the senior team on a tour of Oceania and made the Vitality Netball Nations Cup squad in 2020.
Natalie joined Vitality Netball Superleague side Loughborough Lightning in 2015 and captained the squad to victory in the Grand Final of the 2021 season.
Natalie’s hopes for LGBTQ+ equality in sport
LGBTQ+ people still face massive barriers when trying to enter and participate in sports which makes me really sad. I want sport to be a safe space for everyone to be whoever they want to be and embraced for that.
My experiences have always been positive and netball is a space I can be my true authentic self, however I know we must keep working hard to keep progressing sport culture and be more welcoming to gender and sexual minorities.