Wales Leila Thomas

Leila Thomas

Nationality
wal Wales
Position
Goal Keeper, Goal Defence
Debut
2015
Height
184cm
Caps
9
Current Team
Age
19
Position: Goal Attack

I started playing competitive netball quite late really compared to other players.  Before netball I enjoyed dressage and show jumping.  It was only by chance that I joined my cousin to a training session for Pontypool that I got into the sport. My Coach Louise Wright encouraged me and I went from there into the South East league to the SE county teams, Wales U17 and then Wales U21. Whilst playing for these national teams I joined Cowbridge team and enjoyed playing a season in the Cardiff league.

This year has been so exciting playing in the Superleague with the Celtic Dragons and also being named in the long squad for the Wales senior team heading to the Commonwealth Games 2018.  The incing on the ckae has to be being part of the U21 squad for the World Youth Cup 2017.  It’s what we’ve all been working towards for the last couple of years.

 

Fast facts about me!

Home town: Blaenavon
Where I live now: Blaenavon
Occupation: Studying Biological Sciences at Cardiff University
Education: St Peter’s Primary School, Abersychan Comprehensive, St Albans Sixth Form
Honours: Netball Europe U17 (Hull); Netball Europe U21 2016 (Cardiff); Netball Europe U21 2017 (Aberdeen); NWYC 2017 (Botswana); Celtic Dragons (2016-17).
My first netball team: Pontypool/Cowbridge
Biggest influence on my career: Laura Geitz
My favourite netball memory: It was to be getting the win with the Celtic Dragons against the Sirens on home ground.  It was such an exciting atmosphere having the crowd backing us.
Toughest opponent: Myself
My other hobbies: I love going to the gym and anything fitness related.  I’m a bit of a fitness fanatic!
Favourite motivational quote:  Be the best; forget the rest!
On my playlist: Anything ranging from chart music to old school R&B.
Interesting fact: I was head Girl at Primary and Comprehensive School.