Student Selected for the England Under 16s Women’s Ice Hockey Team

The selection process for the England Ice Hockey under 16 women’s 2019 team started in August 2018. Year 11 student Ketziah Robinson took part a two day hockey camp starting at during August, followed by a further trial in October. Selectors took the decision not to cut any competitors after the October camp due to too many people being on holiday over both initial camps. The next trial was then in December. Ketziah had to go all out during this trial as selectors had confirmed that they would be making cuts after this trial. Selectors were impressed with Ketziah’s performance and she was selected as a member of the squad to go forward and take part in the next camp in February. This initial squad consisted of 30 people including 3 goalies; however the final team would only include 20 people including 2 goalies.

Ketziah reported “At each camp competitor did three on ice sessions, with each session lasting an hour. We also did one session of off ice where we did workouts, a number of classroom sessions talking about different plays we are going to do in the games and what we need to do to keep fit. The physio also gave us a talk on injuries”.

After starting off with 50 competitors, which was then cut down to 30 people for the last trial and then down to 20 for the final team, it was a very nervous wait for Ketziah following the final trial on the Friday before finding out on the Monday if she had made the team. Ketziah said “I got a text from my Dad saying congratulations. That was it – I’d made the team and all my hard work had finally payed off! The next step in my journey now is travelling to Slovakia on the 15th April for a Four Nation’s Tournament”.