King’s Worcester first-team hockey player and Sixth Former Amy H is celebrating this week after being called up for the Wales U21 Squad to compete in the Women’s EuroHockey Junior Championship in Ghent, Belgium.
Dedicated hockey player Amy will be joining the 18 players who will represent Wales from the 24th – 30th July in an exciting international hockey competition, competing against other European countries including Belgium, England, Spain, Germany and the Netherlands.
Amazingly, 17-year-old Amy, who started playing hockey when she was 10 now regularly represents the School in the 1st team for hockey and also currently plays for Cheltenham Hockey Club 1st team. Amy fits in her sporting commitments around A Level Studies in English, Biology and PE and hopes to go on to university to study Environmental Science. She explained, “I was shocked to hear the news and I’m quite nervous, especially as I’m one of the youngest on the team. But I’m very excited as it’s a great opportunity to be part of such a team and to be able to represent Wales. We have a tough pool as we’ve not played in this division before, but it’s a challenging and thrilling opportunity.”
Two days after hearing of her selection Amy started her training programme alongside her new Welsh teammates. This weekend she continues this training at a hockey camp in the National Hockey Centre in Cardiff. Commenting on the forthcoming camp Amy added, “The camp is designed to help us collectively focus on team fitness and tactics and ensure that we all gel as a team. There are lots of new players so it will be great for us all to get together to work as one.”
Amy puts her dedication and passion for hockey down to previous King’s pupil, OV Cerys Preston, who now plays for Wales Under 23s. “Cerys was a massive role model for me. I was completely star-struck by her and used to train underneath her Wales hockey shirt in the school gym. She trained me when I was younger and was so dedicated and committed to hockey. It was really inspiring.”
Director of Sport at King’s Worcester, Ms Miller-Symonds commented, “This is a phenomenal but thoroughly well-deserved call-up for Amy. She has worked so hard to get to where she is today, pushing herself in every training session and listening to every piece of advice. For someone who is only 17, her maturity and dedication are most impressive. It is a huge honour to play for your country and we are exceptionally proud of Amy.”