Truro High Year 9 student, Amy Shaw has been selected to train in the Under 16 Junior Regional Performance Centre for hockey.
The selection process has been long and rigorous lasting over several months. Against over 100 of the county’s top female players, Amy was picked to attend the Regional tournament in Bristol. Here national assessors and coaches selected the top players from the entire South West to represent their region at the Performance Centre. Only 30 girls were selected for the training in Exeter.
Amy said: “I was excited but slightly nervous, I’d come this far last year and not gone through. I’ve been training so hard and I really didn’t want this incredible opportunity to end. I’m so proud that I’ve clearly improved and can’t wait to see if I could play at a national level.”
Amy has been training with Cornwall County and Falmouth Hockey Club two days every week since September with matches every Saturday. To facilitate this rigorous schedule, Amy travels around 100 miles and spends up to 12 hours on the pitch every week. A real team player, Amy participates in school fixtures and regularly supports the teaching staff with the Prep School hockey club alongside her hockey commitments.
She will now get to train at state-of-the-art facilities on the Exeter University campus with six intensive days of hockey practice spread out from June to September as part of the Exeter Leopards team. She will take part in practical ‘on pitch’ training, alongside classroom based theory lessons.
Catie Shaw, Amy’s mum said: “I am absolutely thrilled that Amy has been selected to attend the Junior Regional Performance training sessions. She has been supported every step of the way by the teaching staff at the High School and at Falmouth Hockey Club. She is now reaping the rewards of all her hard work. I am one proud mum!”
If Amy impresses at the training camp, she has the opportunity to be selected for the Tier 1 national and regional tournaments in September.