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Playing Hockey for Wales

A girl in the Lower Sixth was invited to take part in the recent Welsh U18 Hockey National Training Camp.

Rhianna Miller (Haslewood House) has been playing hockey at county level since the age of 10. At the age of 14, she was thrilled when she received an invitation to take part in the U15 “High Performance Assessment Camp” (HiPAC) for England. This was Rhianna’s first taste of an international training camp environment, from where some juniors were selected to represent the country at U16 level.

Although at the age of 14 she was not selected for the U16 squad on that occasion, the following year she took part in the U16 Futures Cup, where the coach for the Welsh team saw her play. Being half Welsh, she was eligible to play for Wales. So, in November 2012, the coach invited her to attend the Welsh national training camp in Cardiff the following February. Throughout the rest of 2013 she played for Wales at U16 level. The high point was the three-nations competition held at Wrexham, where she earned her caps playing matches against Scotland and Ireland.

Rhianna still continues to take part in national selection events for England. She attended an U17 HiPAC in England during the October half term. For the time being, though, her real heart is set on the Welsh squad. At the end of February, when she completed the training camp with them, she was overjoyed to hear that she had been selected to travel to Holland to take part in the European Tournament at Easter.

Published on 12/03/2014

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