Wisbech Grammar pupil Ross makes England U14 ice hockey squad

Third Form WGS Ross Clarke.
Third Form WGS Ross Clarke.
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Third form Wisbech Grammar School pupil, Ross Clarke, has secured a place on the U14 England ice hockey squad.

He started playing ice hockey with the Peterborough Junior Phantoms in 2011.

In 2012 he was selected to play for the South East U11 team, playing in his first national tournament, and for the last two years Ross has represented the South East U13 team.

Ross’s slick moves on the ice in a tournament in May 2015 secured him a prestigious invitation to a trial for the U14 England squad. After many gruelling training sessions and challenge matches with the England squad over the past few months, Ross participated in the final squad training match in Sheffield on January 22.

Ross’s ultimate selection for the squad depended crucially on his performance in this match. There then began an agonising wait until he received his letter from the English Ice Hockey Association to congratulate him for being selected for the 2016 England national team. Ross will take part in a training camp before travelling to Zell am See in Austria at the end of March.

There he will take part in the Zell am See 25th World Tournament – the largest junior ice hockey tournament in Europe – with teams competing from Europe and North America.

Chris Staley, Wisbech Grammar Schhol headmaster, said: “It will be an amazing experience for Ross. We are so proud that he will represent his country and we wish him every success in Zell am See.”