A number of our junior school sportswomen have had a successful start to 2017 by being selected for Greater Manchester squads.
Year six pupils Anna Wilkinson and Amaya North have been chosen to represent Greater Manchester under 12s in hockey after coming through trials.
Anna and Amaya were joined at the initial trials by four other girls from their year and they were put through their paces on three stations – advanced passes, skills and on the go passes and, finally, matches.
Chloe Smith and Alex Hartemink joined Anna and Amaya at the final trials before the hockey hopefuls were whittled down to the final squad. Fellow year six pupil Rosie Lear will attend a trial later this month.
Looking back at the trials Anna said: “It was very tense but knowing that we were a year younger than most of the other girls actually helped. It was incredible and exciting to be selected and it has been a great experience for myself and the other girls.”
Amaya was also delighted with her call-up: “I was really happy when I found out I was selected and it is great that Anna was chosen as well as we know how each other plays and this should help us.”
Year five pupil Charli-May Barnett also had cause for celebration after being selected to represent Greater Manchester schools in cross country this spring. The keen athlete, who also enjoys taekwondo, put in two great performances at the Stockport Schools series at Woodbank Park by finishing in 1st and 3rd and this was enough to impress the selection panel.
Commenting on her selection Charli-May, who also runs for Stockport Harriers, said: “I was really excited to be chosen and I hope to do well for Greater Manchester. The races at Woodbank Park were not too tough and I am looking forward to the races I have coming up.”