Kirkland’s Kyle on a roll over national hockey hopes

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EAST Wemyss roller hockey ace Kyle McLean hopes his international call-up can lead to a future career in sports coaching.

The local 16-year-old was thrilled last week when he was picked for the squad for this weekend’s Great Britain Hockey Inline championships, which will take place in Dundee.

Kirkland High School pupil Kyle, who plays his club hockey with the Glenrothes Grizzlies, took up the roller version of the sport at the age of 12, having learned the ropes on ice when he was just four years old.

His mother Susan, who also coaches with the Grizzlies, told the Mail: “When Kyle told me he had been asked to play for his country, he said he was over the moon, as this was his last year playing as a junior.

“What a way to end his junior career by being selected to represent his country.

“He absolutely loves what he does and is really excited about playing in the competition.

“Now he’s beginning to think about getting into coaching as well.

“I’m so proud of him.”

Kyle, pictured, was selected for the squad after impressing national team boss Trisha Dingwall when the Grizzlies faced off against the selector’s club side, the Torbain Tigers.

The fifth year pupil is currently off on study leave, with mum Susan saying he can’t wait to get back to Kirkland to tell his friends of his achievement.