A HARTLEPOOL teenager has taken a massive step on her journey to ice hockey stardom after winning a call-up to the England Women’s team.
Amy Campbell is only 17, but the Hartlepool College of Further Education pupil impressed national selectors so much at recent trials she was selected for the senior squad.
She will now travel to Canada in October to take part in the prestigious Hoctoberfest tournament.
On top of that success Amy, of Salcombe Drive, Owton Manor, who plays for Whitley Bay Squaws Ladies’ team, has also been included in the Great Britain Under-18 squad and hopes to take part in next year’s World Championships.
It caps a remarkable year for the former Manor College schoolgirl, who just over 12 months ago was recognised by the Hartlepool Sports Council as one of the town’s rising stars.
Speaking to SportMail, mum Michelle said: “It’s been an incredible year or so and Amy has achieved so much – we just can’t believe how well she’s done.
“She deserves it, though, because she’s so dedicated to her sport. She works extremely hard to improve her game and be the best she possibly can.
“Any spare time she has goes into it and her whole life revolves around ice hockey.
“On top of that, she’s got an awful lot of talent and just loves playing her sport.”
The trip to Canada could well be an important one for Amy, as mum Michelle explained.
“Her aim is to go back to Canada and get a scholarship at a university there.
“That is something she has always dreamed of doing and is her ultimate goal – so this is an exciting trip for her.
“Winning a place in the England team is something she’s been building towards for the past couple of years and it’s a terrific achievement for someone so young.”
Amy travels the length and breadth of the country to attend training camps with the national squad with the help of her mum and dad, Steve.
And Michelle admits that can prove costly.
“A lot of the get-togethers are in the Midlands and it means a lot of travel,” she said.
“So far, we haven’t looked for any sponsorship for Amy, but the more success she has means more travel, such as the trip to Canada and it would be great if she could get a little bit of help.” If you’re interested in sponsoring Amy email email@example.com.