Olympic Qualifying returns to the UK during October

Olympic Qualifying will return to the United Kingdom next month as Great Britain Women begin their bid to reach the 2022 Winter Olympics in China.

The National Ice Centre in Nottingham will be the venue for the women’s Olympic Pre-Qualification Round 2 after Korea withdrew from hosting the event.

The four-team tournament – involving GB, Korea, Slovenia and Iceland – will take place from 7-10th October.

The group winners will qualify for the Final Qualification tournament in November for next year’s Winter Olympics in China.

It’s the second Olympic Qualifying event in the UK in less than two years after the National Ice Centre hosted the men’s qualifying event in February 2020.

The GB Women’s squad was recently announced as follows:

Netminders: Ella Howard, Nicole Jackson.

Defence: Lucy Beal, Beth Hill, Sarah Hutchinson, Suzi Pearson, Casey Traill, Ellie Wakeling.

Forwards: Louise Adams, Saffron Allen, Jodie Bloom, Rachel Cartwright, Katherine Gale, Charlotte Harris, Aimee Headland, Chloe Headland, Katie Henry, Chamonix Jackson, Katie Marsden, Isabell Whiteley.

Reserves: Libby Bird, Amelia McGinlay, Holly Steeples, Beth Scoon, Abbie Sylvester, CJ Ashton, Abbie Culshaw, Grace Garbett, Steph Towns.