Dedication pays off as Solway gets Great Britain recognition

Solway Sharks are bursting with pride as members of their club have been selected to showcase their talents with Great Britain.

Stuart Kerr has been selected for the GB U20 squad for next month’s World Championship tournament in Dumfries, while Scott Henderson, Daniel Abercrombie and Kyle Johnston made the long-list of reserves.

Solway head coach Martin Grubb will also be involved, working as assistant coach to GB U20 boss Slava Koulikov.

Grubb said: “These players have been selected due to their high level of skill and commitment to their sport.

“They have also all shown great dedication and perseverance, travelling all over the country to play games with their teammates, and being selected for the team or the reserve list is a justified reward for all their hard work.

“All these up-and-coming young players first made their mark and attracted the interest of national coaches at club level, and were then put through several trials before being selected.

“The fact that the upcoming tournament is in our home rink adds a little something extra for Stuart and I. We will be in front of our home crowd, which is bound to add an extra dimension to what is already a very special occasion.”

Club chairman Leanne Thomson added: “Everyone at the club is extremely proud of the players that are included in the GB squad.

“We are a small club, so to have this many players mentioned is a great achievement – they should be very proud of themselves and their accomplishment.

“The fact that we have a local player and our head coach appearing here in Dumfries means we will all be even more keen to come along to the Ice Bowl and cheer on the GB team.”

Solway Sharks Juniors player Megan Gourlay has also received international recognition over the past few weeks, representing GB Women U18 at a tournament in Spain.

Despite early defeats against Hungary and Poland, the girls rallied and ended the weekend in Granada with a narrow 2-1 defeat by Spain after penalty shots.

After the tournament Megan, 15, said: “I had a great time in Granada, despite the results.

“It was a great group of girls to play with and I learned loads. I was delighted to pull on my GB shirt and play for my country.”