Lucy stars as England U18s win UK School Games

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TEENAGE hockey star Lucy Wood played a starring role for England Girls Under-18s as they won the gold medal at the Sainsbury’s UK School Games.

The event, which took place in Sheffield between September 1 and 4, saw the best young athletes in the UK compete against each other across a range of sports and for Horsham-based Lucy and her team it proved a golden few days.

“It’s a multi-sports event with 12 different sports, and they have an athletes village and a closing and opening ceremony to try and give young athletes the closest experience to big competitions like the Olympic Games,” Lucy explained.

The England team began the Games with a commanding 3-0 win over Scotland before drawing 2-2 with Ulster.

They faced Wales in the final match knowing only a win would do for the Golf medal, and they did just that with Lucy scoring both goals in a 2-1 win.

“It was amazing because they were the first goals I’ve scored for England and to score in those circumstances was a great feeling,” she said.

“We then had the medal ceremony where we got the Gold and it was great because it’s the first time as a squad we have won a tournament.”

Collyer’s student Lucy is currently through to the latter stages of the required retrialling for this season’s England squad, and having been a key member of the England Under-16 team before breaking into the Under-18s last season she hopes her performances at the Games will see her establish herself this year.

And having experienced the winning feeling at a national games she says she is now even more determined to continue her rapid climb to the top of the sport.

“The tournament has really inspired me even more to keep training and work even harder on and off the hockey pitch because I would love to play in an Olympic Games one day,” said Lucy, who plays for EHL National Conference East side Sevenoaks.

Lucy has thanked her sponsors, GLL Sport Foundation and TK Hockey for their continued support.