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Hannah Kicks off England U18 Hockey Season

Friday, 18 May 2012

Bolton School girl and International U18 Hockey player Hannah Pike took part in a national charity event for Wellchild called 'The Big Dribble'.

The event, organised by England Hockey, involved a 100m obstacle course which was set up in cities throughout the UK, from Edinburgh to London. Hannah attended the Manchester leg of the tour in front of the town hall in Albert Square. She even ended up being interviewed for BBC Newsround as they turned up to film the event. Hannah said: "It's been an amazing start to this international season and I can't wait for the rest of it, but I will continue to ensure it's not at the expense of my studies of course!"

This is the start of another summer of international hockey for Hannah as she has been chosen for the England U18 girls. She took part in a four nation's tournament in Hannover at Easter, against the hockey power-houses of Holland, Germany and Spain. Hannah said: "I played in the same tournament last year for England U16's in Spain and have been lucky enough to be selected for the U18's, a year early. The standard is another step up and the training just seems to get more intense but it's all great experience for me."

Hannah's next event was the 'School Games' in May, which this year was held at the Olympic Park in London. She said: "To get to see and use the venues and facilities that will be used for the Olympics in only a few months time was a fantastic experience. I'd seen pictures on the internet and television but actually being there was amazing. It's a multi sport event with 12 different sports including Hockey, of course, athletics, cycling and this year, Wheelchair basketball. We even got our own closing ceremony at the Olympic park with Spellbound and Cover Drive performing live".

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Hannah Pike

U18 player Hannah took part in the 'Big Dribble' charity event