National squad for student Megan
A sports mad student from Shrewsbury has been picked to represent Great Britain at the highest level.
Megan Lockley travelled to Cannock at the start of December to take part in the final team trial for GB College Hockey and, after proving her ability, was selected for the team.
The 17-year-old from Market Drayton, studies graphics, maths and german at A level. She started playing hockey at the age of 10 and continued to excel within the sport during her time at Newport Girls School.
Megan said: “I can’t wait to begin playing with the women’s GB College Hockey Team. It was amazing to earn a place on the squad and I’m really looking forward to the tour we will do through the summer.
“There is a good variety of sports to play at Shrewsbury Colleges Group, with great coaches. Hockey is played in a mixed team, so it really built up my confidence playing against boys as well. After sixth form I will go on to study at a hockey-based university.”
Fellow student Luis Parker, 16, from Telford, was also in the trials but sustained an injury at the final stage and wasn’t able to show the coaches his full potential.
Ethan Tolhurst, group sport and enrichment co-ordinator, said: “This is brilliant news for Megan and I’m really proud of all the students who have trialled or play for the GB college hockey teams. Megan has worked hard to get to where she is and being a member of this squad will only help her excel further.
“Enrichment allows our students to try new things. The options at Shrewsbury Colleges Group not only include competitive sports like rugby, football, basketball, netball, rugby and hockey; but also dancing and rock climbing. Seeing the students take part in extracurricular activities that they enjoy, that can help them further their education and make new friends is so rewarding.”
Megan will be joining a fellow Shrewsbury Colleges Group student as a member of the GB College Teams – Andrew Speke, 18, studies bricklaying and will be taking part in his second year on the men’s GB College Hockey Team.
Her first match will be on January 21.
There has also been great news within women’s football, with Emily Morris, Sophie Barker and Ellie Allen making it onto the U18 county squad.