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Anthony competes in Bratislava with England Ice Hockey squad

Anthony competes in Bratislava with England Ice Hockey squad

Upper Sixth student, Anthony Wetherell, found himself as part of a 167-strong England Ice Hockey contingent that travelled to Bratislava for the 2018 development camp which saw them in on and off ice training as well as competing against local and guest teams.

It's been quite a journey for Anthony, who first took to the ice a week after his fifth birthday. His first club was Newcastle Vipers, where he was part of a successful under 10s team for four years who went unbeaten to win the league and Northern Shield in Anthony's final year there. He also top-scored in the league that year with 58 goals.

Anthony then moved clubs to Whitley Bay, where he has played ever since. He is currently with the Whitley Renegades under 20s team, but has also appeared for the senior side, Whitley Warriors, over the past two seasons who play in the national ice hockey league north.  

Anthony was part of the under 19 England team that also played the Romania under 18 team who were preparing for their title defence at the World Championships the following week.

Anthony's selection for the England under 19s is his first national representation and he has his sights firmly set on making the Great Britain under 20s squad.

The trip to Bratislava was a great experience for Anthony, not only was it his first time in a high performance environment, but he also provided the assist to England's third goal in their first game against Romania, which netted him some key performance points.

Speaking of his time with the England squad, Anthony said,

"Having spent most of my time on the ice, it is truly an honour to represent my country. Not many [people] get this opportunity and I'm going to keep working hard and push for a place in the Great Britain squad."

Anthony joins a growing list of students who are excelling on the international stage across a range of sports. It'll be interesting to see where his ice hockey career takes him next.