Beth’s hoping for an ‘ice’ birthday

Beth Scoon
Beth Scoon

KIRKCALDY girl Beth Scoon will put her 18th birthday party on hold after receiving a first ever call-up to the Great Britian Women’s ice hockey team.

The GB girls fly out to Strasbourg in France for the IIHF 2013 Women’s World Championships on April 5 - the same day Beth turns 18.

However, the sixth-year Balwearie High pupil is happy to postpone her birthday celebrations as she prepares for her senior GB debut.

“This call-up is by far the best present I could have wished for,” she told the Press.

“I only got invited to my first trial in January, so it’s come out of the blue, and I’m over the moon.

“I knew I’d worked hard, but since it was my first trial I wasn’t expecting to get in.

“I must have done enough to impress them so the hard work has paid off.”

Beth will be the second youngest girl on the team having narrowly missed out on qualifiication for the world championships as captain of the GB under 18s last year.

“I felt at a bit of a loose end after finishing up with the 18s,” she said. “We didn’t qualify and it was gutting to end on that note, but now I’ve got another opportunity with the seniors.

“I’m not expecting as much time as I got at 18s but when I get my opportunity I hope to do as well as I can.”

The GB Women are ranked 17th in the world - the men are 21st - and will take on China, France, Kazakhstan, Netherlands and South Korea in Division 1B.

“We have quite a young team so we’re looking to consolidate on our world ranking, or maybe go one better,” Beth added.

“The GB programme is doing a lot of work to improve the women’s game so hopefully it will pay off in the future.”

The only other Scot on the team is Angela Taylor, from Paisley, who is playing semi-professional ice hockey in Switzerland.

“That will always be the dream but I’m happy playing where I am just now,” said Beth, who turns out for both Hull Kingston Diamonds and Fife Falcons.

“In future, after I’ve been to uni, I’ll maybe have a go at playing abroad, but I’m just looking to consolidate my place in the GB team for now.”