IF you thought ice hockey was a game solely for strapping young men, think again.
A teenage Fife girl with a trademark slapshot has proved otherwise by progressing through the Kirkcaldy junior development system into the Great Britain side.
Beth Scoon (16) took up the sport aged seven following in the footsteps of big brother Josh, who now stars for Fife Flyers, and despite being the only girl in her team, she has always been made to feel like one of the lads.
“It was never really an issue,” she told SportsPress. “I’ve always been judged on my ability instead of my gender. The guys just view me as another team-mate.
“All junior clubs are more than happy for any young girls to attend.
“I would love to see more girls getting involved so we can build the women’s game up in Scotland.”
As well as icing for her home town team Fife Flames, Beth also captains the Kingston Diamonds – based 300 miles away in Hull!
She explained: “At the moment there are opportunities for Scottish girls to play but no league for them to play in, and with such few numbers it is hard to arrange competitive games.
“After juniors the only option is recreational mens’ hockey. That’s why I started to play for the girls teams in England. Down there, girls can play from 12 until senior in an all-female league.”
Having recently turned 16, Beth is now eligible to play for the senior Diamonds team in the Premier League – the highest level of women’s ice hockey in the UK. She faces a gruelling nine games and several thousand miles over seven weekends on top of her other commitments.
In addition to her domestic successes Beth trains and plays with both the Scottish senior women’s ice hockey team and the GB under 18 girls team. Last month she was also invited to train with the senior GB women at Sheffield.
Not content with success on ice, Beth also finds time to star in roller hockey. Her local team are Torbain Tigers who play in the Scottish FSHA under 16 league but she also competes in the British league with Hot Shots, an all-girl team.
She has represented Scotland, but the recent highlight has been Beth’s progression into the GB senior women’s team who will compete the World Championships in Roccaraso, Italy in July.
“I’m over the moon with that!” she said. “It will be a fantastic experience to play with and against some of the best roller hockey players in the world.”
The Balwearie High pupil is also preparing for her Standard Grades in May and continues to perform at a high level in the classroom as well as on the ice.
With travel, accommodation, equipment and ice fees proving a financial burden, Beth is seeeking sponsors to help her fulfil her hockey dreams.
If anyone can offer support they can contact her dad Graeme on Kirkcaldy 591292 or firstname.lastname@example.org.