A Kirkcaldy schoolboy is appealing for sponsors to help make his dream come true after he was selected to represent Great Britain at this summer’s AAU Junior Olympics in America.
Reece Dickson (12) has been selected for the GB inline hockey squad that will fly to Iowa in July, but his family will have to fund all of his kit, travel and accomodation fees themselves.
Reece plays with local side Glenrothes Grizzlies and has won Scottish league medals at under 10s, 12s and 14s, although the highlight of his roller hockey career so far was captaining the Scotland team at the Superleague tournament in Rotherham last year.
This is the first time the Balwearie High School pupil has been called up to the GB side and a fundraising website has been created in the hope of attracing the sponsorship required to fund the trip.
“The chance to play for my nation at the highest level would be a dream come true,” Reece told the Press.
“I have trained and played hard for nearly three years to get this chance and I really want to go for it.
“I have represented my club at the Nationals and played for Scotland in the Superleague but I have never been picked to represent Great Britain before.”
Reece, who plays defence, will be up against some of the world’s biggest roller hockey nations - such as Canada and America - in the Junior Olympics but his aim is to help win gold for Team GB.
His proud father, Garry, has watched Reece develop from a complete novice into a GB player over the last three years.
“He started playing when he was 10 at the old Sports Institute in Glenrothes,” he said.
“When he first started he couldn’t skate and had none of the equipment apart from an old stick and some recreational skates.
“The coaches and players at the Grizzlies are really good with new kids and combined with his own determination he quickly picked things up.
“We used to hire the community use hall at Kirkcaldy High School a couple of times a week, so that I could do extra training drills with him on his own to develop his skills quicker and boost his confidence.
“I am really proud of what Reece has achieved. He trains hard every week and never misses a game or a training session.
“It takes a lot of time, commitment, energy and money to develop a young person in a minority sport like roller hockey.
“I think Reece is a great example that you can achieve your dreams if you try hard and give a 100 per cent - from a 10-year-old boy who couldn’t skate to a Great Britain team member in three years.”
For information on how to sponsor Reece visit the website garrydickson.wix.com/teamgb.