England honours for hockey star Georgia

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Former Pocklington Schoolgirl Georgia Byas recently represented her country at hockey in the England Under-21 women’s hockey team - at the age of just 17.

Georgia, who was included in a squad of 22 for a weekend of training and matches, played in two of the three matches in the recent Test series against Scotland. England won two of the matches and drew with Scotland in the third.

Earlier this year, Georgia played for the England Under-18 girls hockey team who came third, winning bronze, in the Eurohockey Championships. The event was held in the Netherlands in July.

Next for the England squad is the European Championships, which are held in 2012. Georgia will take part in more assessments with the team and find out if she has been selected for the championship squad closer to the time.

Georgia said: “It was really good and an honour to represent the country. Being a bit younger that everyone else taking part also meant it was a privilege to play.

“The coaching I received at Pocklington School, and later at Wakefield, has had a massive influence on how I play now. All the coaching and support over the years has really helped to get me where I am.

“School started it all off - my interest in the sport - with the county training sessions I was put forward for and it was while I was at school that I was first selected to play for my country.”

David Byas, director of sport at Pocklington School, said: “It is great testament to the recent hard work that she has put into her training and preparation that allowed this opportunity to come.

“Not only is it a great reflection on Georgia herself but also the hard work and commitment of all the coaching staff at Pocklington School and at Wakefield Hockey Club that have assisted in her development.”