A woman from Burnley has scored a metaphorical home run after being selected to represent Great Britain baseball.

Samiya Rahman has been chosen to represent her country on the Great Britain women’s 2024 roster.

The 26-year-old, who is training as an infielder and plays third base, will travel to a training camp in Florence to compete in six friendly games against Italy’s under 16s, under 18s and the senior men’s team.

The part-time masters student, who is based at the University of Central Lancashire's Burnley Campus, impressed at national trials in Slough earlier this month.

She said: “My fairytale story really shows anything is possible.

"Baseball came to me unexpectedly and I fell in love with the sport instantly.

“I attended a baseball taster session when I was a graphic design undergrad at UCLan, got picked to play for the university and fast forward a few years I’m now representing my country.”

While at primary school, Samiya started playing cricket and she soon realised she had a talent for the game.

The former Sir John Thursby Community College and St Mary’s Sixth Form College pupil said: “I was scouted to play cricket at district level and then was put forward to trial for the Lancashire girls’ county team.

"I ended up playing for Lancashire’s girls at the under-13 and under-15 level.

“In 2015, I briefly had a taster of baseball and softball, I remember putting on the baseball glove and just simply throwing and catching and just picking it up so quickly.

"I remember being excited about this sport, but unfortunately at the time, I didn’t really have any opportunity or access to follow this on.

“Then in 2020, Jonathan Rodriguez, my current university baseball coach, came to UCLan to deliver a taster session.

"I went to the session and instantly fell in love with the sport. I remember him mentioning that GB was forming a new women’s team and he saw the spark and talent in me.”

Samiya, who also plays for UCLan’s softball team, said: “It was hard at first as I had a lot to learn from rules, tactics and plays.

"I just love everything about sports and trying out a new sport was something that appealed to me.

“After three years of refining my skills, strengthening my mindset and chasing my goal of just being the best I can, I’ve now been rewarded with being chosen to represent the GB women’s team.”

The MA Graphic Design graduate, who was invited to attend the MLB Europe Development Camp in London, has also started playing for Manchester Baseball Club.

Samiya, who combines her studies with a graphic design assistant position at Burnley Football Club, represented UCLan in BUCS competitions last year.

She added: “We were undefeated league champions so we went to represent UCLan at the nationals in both baseball and softball where we came just short of becoming national champions.

"This year we did it all again, but this time round we became league champions for both baseball and softball.”