ICE HOCKEY: TEENAGE skater Amy Trueman has bagged herself a spot in Team GB’s Under 18s squad to compete in a four nations tournament in Spain this weekend.
Trueman will face Spain, Poland, and Hungary in Granada this weekend, and a good performance on the ice could lead to further selection at a tournament in Poland in the new year.
The 17-year-old, who took up skating after being inspired by her father’s playing career, ices for Solihull Barons’ Under 18s squad and competes at the highest level of women’s ice hockey in the country with Solihull Vixens.
Ice hockey has become a part of the Trueman family lifestyle. If a conversation with the family doesn’t involve a puck and a stick it’s most likely you’ve caught them on a rare day off.
With a burning passion and desire to succeed, Amy hopes to bring home the gold for Team GB.
Speaking to The Observer, the former Lode Heath student said: “There’s always new competition at Team GB as go through the ages.
“You have to up your game as the competition for a team space is tough.
“I’m working hard and train as much as I possibly can.”
The Olton-based skater now has to balance her training around her working life after she landed a job at Blink Medical.
Her spare hours are spent down the Solihull ice rink where she not only trains herself but also coaches the next generation of players using skills she’s learned from her Level 1 coaching course for hockey.
She said: “Women’s ice hockey is growing.
“The staff at Team GB are brilliant. They work hard and the way they’ve handled the sport since taking over has been excellent.
“If all goes well this weekend I’ll hopefully head to Poland in January, that’s the short-term goal for me.”
Amy will jet off to Spain today before returning on Monday.