HOCKEY: Olympic hopeful Shona is selected for England again

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DRY Doddington international hockey player Shona McCallin will represent England in two practice matches against the Japanese women’s national senior side at Bisham Abbey, London, this weekend.

Nineteen-year-old former KGGS pupil Shona has been selected for the under-21s again after she helped England to win a silver medal at last year’s European Championships.

Midfielder Shona has represented England at various youth levels coming up to 50 times and hopes to one day be chosen for the full national senior side.

She had six days training with the Great Britain senior Olympic squad earlier this year to see if she was ready to progress to the next level, and she said her ultimate aim is to play in the 2016 Games.

Shona said: “It was quite a nice experience, I learned a lot.”

During her gap year between school and university, Shona has been playing hockey for Dutch club MOP, helping them to gain promotion to the top hockey league in Holland which attracts players from all over Europe and the rest of the world.

She said: “We won our league and then won a play-off over two games. The top Dutch league is the best in the world. It’s professional.”

Shona is currently considering all her options for study and playing hockey.