Hannah Set For Hockey Stardom
Thursday, 01 September 2011
Not only is Bolton School pupil Hannah Pike preparing to start her A Levels in the Sixth Form, she is also is looking to establish herself as an international Hockey star, having captained the England Under 16 girls' national side.
Hannah was made captain for the Four Nations tournament against hosts Spain, Holland and Germany at Easter. She then helped her country to a 2-0 series victory against Scotland in Glasgow before taking on Belgium in Canterbury and Germany at the National Sports Centre at Lilleshall. Hannah was voted best overall player on and off the pitch in the 2011 squad.
Hannah said: "The training you have to put in to compete at this level is a big step up and has been incredibly hard but it's definitely been worth it. I've been lucky enough to play in all the series this year and the highlight was being made a captain at the four nations in Valencia and in the series against Germany. The U16s is the first age group that England play international hockey so it's all about understanding what's expected at this level and seeing what we have to do to match and beat the best teams like Holland and Germany. It's something that I certainly want to be part of and will be working hard when selection comes round for U18s and U21s in future."