Portlaoise Panthers player Faith Umeh has been selected to represent Ireland in the U-17 Women’s team for the 2019/2020 season.
Head coach Karl Kilbride announced a strong 24 women panel last week which included the talented 15 year old.
Faith is a member of both Portlaoise Panthers Club as well as playing with Scoil Chríost Rí.
She follows in the footsteps of many Panthers ladies who have represented Ireland recently such as Claire Melia, Maeve Phelan, Jasmine Burke, Sarah Fleming, Shauna Dooley, Lisa Blaney, Ciara Byrne, Grainne Tomlinson, Deirdre Tomlinson, Pam Grogan and Ann-Marie Troy.
Faith was also a member of the Scoil Chríost Rí team that competed a remarkable feat last year as they qualified to represent Ireland in the International Schools Basketball World championships in Greece 2019, where they placed 14th.
It was just the third time the Portlaoise school have competed in this tournament, having previously played in Jerusalem in 1999 and Turkey in 2001.
Having played a huge role in both her club an school teams, it is easy to see why Faith was called upon.
We wish the best of luck to Faith and the U-17 Ireland squad in the coming season.