Jillean Hipsey (neé Porter)...Netball legend
Jillean was born in 1948 and lived in Pound Lane, Laindon until 1963 when the family moved to Berry Lane, Langdon Hills following compulsory purchase by the Basildon Development Corporation. She went to Markham Chase School then Fryerns Grammar School.
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Played and captained both school netball teams and was a founder member of the Laindon Netball Club operating out of Laindon High Road School. Later joined New Cambell, Dagenham and was selected for Essex in 1970 and became captain.
She got married at St. Nicholas Church in 1972.
Was selected for England in 1977, made vice-captain the following year and captain in 1980.
Basildon Sports Personality in 1978; Evening Echo Sports Personality of the month in 1982 and appeared on the Tate and Lyle Sugar Bags. Television and Radio interviews with Ron Pickering followed.
Her greatest claim to fame was when Ian Botham failed to recognise her on ‘Question of Sport’. She has never liked him since!
She played her last game for England at the 1987 World Tournament in Glasgow – it was also her 100 cap. This got her in the Guinness book of records as the most capped England player.
She now lives in Maylandsea with her husband Peter and plays a mean round of golf.