The final roster for Team GBs Women’s Under 18’s has been announced, with 14-year-old Charlotte Harris being named as the youngest member of the squad and the only member from Wales.
Charlotte has been playing for the Bracknell Ice Bees Under 16s as well as Cardiff junior Under 15’s team this season and is one of four 14-year-olds to be named to Head Coach Cheryl Smith’s side for the U18 World Championships Division 1B in Katowice, Poland next month.
This season, 14-year-old Ystrad Mynach born Harris, has found the net four times in two games for the league-leading Bracknell Ice Bees, whilst also icing for the Cardiff Devils Under 15s team that hosts a mixture of male and female players.
GB will take on Australia, China, Denmark, France and hosts Poland in the week-long tournament that begins on January 6th.
Coach Smith spoke about the team ahead of next months games by saying “I think this is a very exciting squad and we are looking forward to going to Poland.
“The squad gained so much experience in November’s tournament in Spain and we took a lot from that weekend.
“A World Championship is a tough level of competition and this is a very young squad, but there is so much talent.
“It will be a tough week but the coaching staff are confident in this squad’s ability and they can’t wait to get out onto the ice.”
GB finished fourth last year with a record of 2 wins and three losses, with defenseman Casey Traill leading the team in points with 6, that included four goals.
The Women’s Under 18 team will be hoping for better fortunes than their recent attempts at the Four Nations tournament in Granada, Spain in November. GB failed to pick up a win in their three games there, with their closest chance coming against the hosts in a 2 – 1 shootout loss.
With Charlotte being part of the team that went out to Granada in November, she’ll be hoping that herself and the team have learnt from that tournament as the team look to continue a tradition of recent medal success throughout the GB set up.
Most recently, GB Men’s Under 20s side picked up a Bronze Medal in the Division 2A World Juniors, and the senior men’s team picked up a gold medal back in April to earn promotion to Division 1A. GB Women’s senior team also picked up a medal last year, picking up a Bronze and the World Championships in South Korea.
Both GBs men’s and women’s Under 18 teams failed to medal last time around, and given the recent success, they’ll be looking to change that come 2018.
Maisie Gilbert –Telford
Ella Howard – Slough
Lucy Beal – Bracknell/Slough
Emily Johnson – Kingston/Whitley
Verity Lewis – Ontario Hockey Academy
Kaitlyn Morrison – Ontario Hockey Academy
Abbie Sylvester – Bracknell/Chelmsford
Ellie Wakeling – Bracknell/Chelmsford
Jemma Wallis – Sheffield/Sutton
Sophie Campbell – Kirkcaldy
Megan Gourlay – Solway
Charlotte Harris – Bracknell/Cardiff
Emily Harris – Bracknell
Chloe Riley – Sutton/Sheffield
Lizzie Saunders – Sutton/Sheffield
Jessica Sprules – Swindon
Milly Such – Sutton/Sheffield
Kiana Tait – Kingston
Amy Trueman – Solihull
Audrey Wood – Fife
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