The Kingston Diamonds are extremely proud to say that once again we have several girls who have been selected to play for the Great Britain Women’s team in their upcoming World Championships held in Korea. Beth Barwell, CJ Ashton and Sarah Hutchinson have been chosen from the Diamonds as well as ex-Diamond Nicole Jackson (who is currently plying her trade in Sweden).
Beth Barwell, who plays for our Elite team and is Captain of the Premier team, has been a stalwart at U18s level for GB Women. This year she will make her senior debut on the international stage. Barwell, who played in two international friendly games vs Netherlands in early 2016, just missed out on selection for the 2016 World Championships, but was chosen as a reserve. This year her hard work has paid off and she has been successful in making the final cut!
CJ Ashton, who made her senior GB debut last year in the 2016 World Championships in Slovenia, will be looking to build on a great first tournament. CJ scored her first TWO goals for Great Britain in her first game with the squad, helping GB to an emphatic 19-1 win over Croatia. The team went on to win the Bronze medal with CJ finishing the tournament with 4 goals and 2 assists from 5 games.
Sarah Hutchinson makes the final GB team for the fourth time in her career. Having played in the 2015 and 2016 Worlds in Dumfries (UK) and Bled (Slovenia) respectively she also made the squad in late 2016 for the Olympic Games Qualifiers. Hutchinson has also represented Great Britain in the Winter Universiade Games 3 times.
Finally, a mention for Nicole Jackson, a long-serving Diamond (7 seasons) Nicole took the fantastic opportunity to take her game abroad to Sweden this year, and has had a great season with Gӧteborg HC and Linkӧping HC. She makes the final cut for Great Britain for the 9th consecutive international tournament and will likely retain her Number 1 goaltender status for these Championships.
The tournament begins on the 2nd April and GB will face hosts Korea as well as Australia, DPR Korea, Netherlands and Slovenia as they look to claim the gold medal after two consecutive Silvers (2014 & 2015) and a Bronze medal (2016). Their games will be broadcast on BBC Radio5 Live Sports extra and on the BBC Radio website. Highlights of the tournament will also be on the BBC website.
We wish our Diamonds girls and the rest of the Great Britain Women’s team the very best of luck and we will be following them closely on their quest for Gold!