A SCHOOLGIRL from Ely is to represent England in a major international roller hockey tournament in Portugal.
Malak Nasir, 11, has been selected by the National Roller Hockey Association of England to represent her country in a regional tournament being held in Lisbon in February. Malak, who is a pupil at King’s Ely Junior, will take part in a variety of training sessions, as well as compete against teams from Portugal, which is one of the top countries in the world for roller hockey.
The trip, which is scheduled to take place from February 3rd to February 6th, is part of the National Roller Hockey Association of England’s Youth Ladies Development Programme, which aims to develop teams to represent England in the prestigious European Under 17 Championships in the future, and ultimately win a medal.
Malak, who lives in Ely, has been playing the sport ever since she joined Ely Roller Hockey Club at the age of five. Last year, she won the club’s Under 11 Player of the Year Trophy and in December she was captain of the Under 13 squad.
Carlos Amaral, England Coaching Director for the National Roller Hockey Association of England, commented: “Malak has been training hard with the development squad for the last few years and has shown potential to be one of the best players in England. If she continues with her dedication and commitment, she will give herself the best opportunity for selection to the final squad, which will represent England in the European Under 17 Championships.”
Head of King’s Ely Junior, Richard Whymark, added: “It is wonderful to see Malak enjoying such success in an activity she has invested so much energy in recently. We look forward to hearing about her performance in Portugal and will be cheering her on from Ely!”
For information about Ely Roller Hockey Club, go to www.elyrsc.co.uk.