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Bright young things: Kitty McWhirter and Lowri Davies

PUBLISHED: 01:24 21 April 2012 | UPDATED: 21:17 20 February 2013

Bright young things: Kitty McWhirter and Lowri Davies

Bright young things: Kitty McWhirter and Lowri Davies

Ipswich High School for Girls students Kitty McWhirter and Lowri Davies, both aged 16, have been selected to play hockey for the England under-18 squad

Ipswich High School for Girls students Kitty McWhirter and Lowri Davies, both aged 16, have been selected to play hockey for the England under-18 squad

How long have you played hockey?

Kitty: Since I can remember. I joined Ipswich Hockey Club aged five and have been playing there ever since. My five sisters and brother all play hockey, so it was a family sport!

Lowri: For about 10 years. Both my brother and my sister played and I used to watch their games.

Which positions do you play?

Kitty: Inside forward or forward

Lowri: Forward

What do you enjoy most about hockey?

Kitty: I love scoring goals and the competitive nature of hockey. I also really like the team spirit, both in school teams, club and now the England squad.

Lowri: The physical challenge, the camaraderie of the team and the competitiveness.

When were you selected for the England squad?

Kitty: I was selected for the U16 England squad when I was 15 years old (Year 10), and the U18 England squad this year.

Lowri: Last November for the U16 squad and the U18 squad this year

What did the selection process involve?

Kitty: I had to play at Junior Regional Performance level, a Cluster Tournament where I represented Bury Tigers, a three day HiPac assessment camp, and then a final selection form with the new U18 England squad.

How many are
in the squad?

Kitty: There are about 26 girls in the squad, but this varies by one or two players at any time.

Kitty, youve already been chosen to play in the team this year how did the matches go?

I played in the international friendlies against Wales in February. I got a real buzz playing as part of the England squad, and stepped up to the very high level of play. I didnt score on this occasion, but the team won both their matches which was great for my first outing for the U18 squad.

What other sports do you play
and enjoy?

Kitty: Tennis. I am ranked in the top 50 in the UK for my age group. I play squash for fun, but really there isnt an awful lot of time between my hockey and tennis to pursue that many other sports! I like rounders in school, and sailing during the summer just for enjoyment.

Do you think youll continue to play hockey after you leave school?

Kitty: Definitely. Currently I am in the U18 England squad and Ipswich Hockey Club, and I hope there will be many opportunities in the future, such as the UK School Games 2012. I am hoping to go to a university which has a strong reputation for hockey, and excellent links to top level clubs.

Lowri: Yes, at university


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