Birmingham City striker Lucy Quinn has claimed the Taipei 2017 Summer Universiade has helped her prepare to compete in the Women’s Super League.
Quinn participated in the Universiade during August, with the British team eventually finishing in ninth place in the women’s event.
Group stage defeats to Russia and South Africa forced the British team into the classification rounds of the tournament.
Quinn was able to add to her group stage strike against South Africa with a hat-trick in a 6-1 success against Argentina.
She then claimed a brace in a 7-1 win over Colombia, which put the British team in a ninth place classification match with the Republic of Ireland.
While Quinn did not find the net in the 2-0 win, her earlier goals ultimately led to the forward earning the golden boot award with her six strikes.
The 24-year-old believes playing five games in an 11-day period, couple with the intense heat and humidity of Taipei, has helped her develop as a player.
“Taipei 2017 developed me in every way as a player, it added experience and mental toughness to my game,” she told the British Universities and Colleges Sport.
“The conditions were almost unplayable with the incredible heat, humidity, and even tropical storms.
“As well as this; playing, training and analysing every day added a professionalism to my game and I can’t thank the Great Britain staff enough for everything.”
“Winning the golden boot was crazy and I was delighted.
“It was a goal I had set myself before we flew out but actually achieving it was a bit of a shock, there were a lot of talented players from all over the world.”
Quinn, who studied at the University of Chichester, signed for Women’s Super League side Birmingham City on her return.
The forward previously played for Yeovil.
The Summer Universiade has also proved a springboard for current England women’s internationals Fran Kirby, Izzy Christiansen and Danielle Carter.