Ice hockey hopefuls trial for youth Olympics


Dozens of young male and female ice hockey players will take part in national qualification events over the coming weeks, which could see them represent Great Britain at the Winter Youth Olympic Games being held in Lillehammer, Norway in February 2016.

The UK event is being run in partnership by Ice Hockey UK, the IIHF, the BOA and National Olympic Committee (NOC), with a place firstly up for grabs to represent GB at the Global Skills Challenge Summit in July.

Skaters who are then successful at the Global Skills Challenge Summit in Vierumaki, Finland will then go forward to compete in the prestigious Winter Youth Olympic Games.

GB had two competitors at the Games in 2012 in Austria, with Lewis Hook and Katherine Gale taking part in the individual skills challenge.

The national skills tests for males ahead of the 2016 Norway Games are taking place on 17th and 18th February at Dumfries Ice Bowl, with the female trials to follow in March.

IHUK general secretary, Andy French, said: “Representing your country at any Olympic tournament is very special indeed.

“All those people who are attending the event in Dumfries next week will be thinking of that Olympic dream

“There have been so many GB Olympic legends and medal-winners over the years and they can be an inspiration to them I am sure.”