RP Sporting Greats: Suzy Drane
April 28, 2020

This feature centres on the sporting greats that have come from Rydal Penrhos School throughout its illustrious history dating back to the 19th century.

Suzy Drane

When you think about the growth of netball in Wales, it is hard not to think about the impact Suzy Drane has had on the game.

The former Rydal Penrhos pupil has a legacy within the sport that will forever be remembered. Drane is a prolific international and has been capped more than 100 times by her country.

A talented playmaker who boasts superb vision on the court, Suzy has been at the heart of Wales’ rise up the world rankings in her role as captain and reached her centenary in a 72-53 win over Grenada in July last year.

She recently stepped away from her role with Celtic Dragons after a glittering career with the team.

Suzy has also assisted in the development of hopefuls at the school in recent years. She was part of the coaching staff that saw Rydal Penrhos’ senior squad travel to Greece for a memorable tour that will live long in the memory.

The former pupil is currently a lecturer in Sport Development and Performance Sport at Cardiff Metropolitan University, a role she took up in 2011 following the completion of a BSc and MSc at the Sport Development and Physical Activity and Health respectively.

Working alongside the programme director she has contributed to the design of the new Sport Development course and is now part of the delivery team for these.

Suzy continues to balance teaching at the university with her Netball playing commitments.