Trip of a lifetime for hockey teen

KIRKCALDY;'Beth Scoon going to Italy with GB roller hockey ladies team'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON
KIRKCALDY;'Beth Scoon going to Italy with GB roller hockey ladies team'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON
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Kirkcaldy’s Bethany Scoon will shortly be jetting off to Italy on World Championship duty with the GB Women’s inline roller hockey team.

Beth (16) is the youngest ever player and only Scot to be selected for the Senior Women’s GB team who are competing at the FIRS World Inline Hockey Championship for Senior Women which will be held at Roccaraso, Italy, between July 3 and 10.

Ten teams are involved in the competition with GB drawn in Group A, alongside top seed Czech Republic, France, Spain and Germany. Teams play a round robin format with the top four in each group qualifying for quarter finals.

This is a major international event with games televised in Italy and available to watch online.

Beth told SportsPress: “I have never been to Italy before and I am really looking forward to the trip. It will be nice to have a bit of sunshine between the games and I can’t wait to try the pasta and pizza!

Good friends

“They are a great bunch of girls and we have been training hard together since October last year. Although we only get the chance to train together once a month, we all keep in touch on Facebook and Twitter and have become really good friends.”

When asked about the team’s chances, Beth added: “I am looking forward to playing against the best female players in the world.

“We know that the Czech team are outstanding and have played together since they were about my age. We have a young team and are looking to build for the future so to finish fourth in our group and qualify for the quarter finals would be a great achievement and would get us a world ranking.

“I hope to play my best and as a defenceman my main job will be to stop the opposition from scoring.”

Hectic

Beth has just come off a very busy season playing ice and roller hockey both north and south of the border for no fewer than 12 teams.

“It can get pretty hectic, especially around exam times, but if I want to compete at the highest level I am happy to make the commitment,” she said.

Beth is now saving hard as she has just been selected to represent England U16 girls at the Hocktoberfest female ice hockey tournament in Canada this October.

She explained: “Through playing with the girls at Hull I qualified to be selected for the England team. As a Scot it is really weird being picked for England but I cannot turn down such a great hockey opportunity.

“I really appreciate the support my mum and dad give me. We have to pay ourselves for all these trips and they are not cheap.

“We have been trying to get sponsors and sent out hundreds of emails. I recently got £200 from Fife Council which was great but have had no luck anywhere else.”