Jo hoping to make a racket at world championships

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Jo Shelley of Princes Sports Club in Chesterfield has been selected by England to compete in the Rackleton World Team Championships in November.

The 46-year-old, from Brampton, will travel to Poland as a member of the England’s B team, to compete in the sport, which sees players compete in four racket sports, table tennis, badminton, squash and tennis.

A match consists of one game in each sport played consecutively, each to 21 points then added for the final match score. Interest in rackleton is growing in the UK since its inception in 2006.

Jo said: “It has always been a dream of mine to play for England at a sport, but because I have always liked lots of different sports and enjoyed the variety I didn’t expect that dream would ever be realised.

“Racketlon allows me to keep the variety, and so doesn’t feel quite so intense. It does involve a lot of training as I need maintain my fitness level and practice the technical skills which are different for each sport.”

She was picked to compete for England in the World Championships after coming third in the ladies event in the British Championships in April.

She added: “When I got the e-mail to confirm my selection for one of the England teams I was over the moon and almost couldn’t believe it, especially as only three women have been selected since each team consists of four men and one woman, I can’t wait to go to Poland, but there are many hours of training ahead of me.”

Jo, who juggles a full time job and family life with her commitment to sport, came sixth in the women’s over 45s in the ladies World Championship in Surrey in August.

The mum of one said: “My husband Chris and son Kieran are incredibly supportive. Chris does all the cooking and fits meals around training.”