Underwater hockey champion reaches national finals

Year 7 Newton Abbot College student, Tilda Lakey, has qualified for the U12 national Underwater Hockey finals in July.

The talented midfield player (a relative newcomer to the sport, having only been playing for eighteen months) captained the Team South West players to victory at the Internationals Sports Village in Newport last month. Facing regional teams from all over the country, Team South West won all of their matches to be crowned the best U12 team in the country. Their win will see them travel to Guildford in July for the national finals.

Tilda Lakey, U12 Underwater Hockey Regional Champion
Tilda Lakey, U12 Underwater Hockey Regional Champion

Underwater Hockey (also known in this country as ‘Octopush’) is a globally played limited-contact sport in which two teams compete to manoeuvre a puck across the bottom of a swimming pool into the opposing team's goal by propelling it with a hockey stick. Tilda came to the sport after looking for a new challenge: “I really enjoy the sport, especially as everyone is so supportive and gives great team feedback. I’m really excited to go to the Nationals and we hope to do quite well. I would definitely recommend trying new sports; you never know, you could be really good at it!”

Teacher of Physical Education, Briony Martin, was thrilled with the result: “Tilda is testament to what can be achieved by young sportsmen and women with passion and dedication. It is an incredible achievement for someone who has been playing the sport for such little time to get as far as she has and we are extremely proud of her and her achievement. We will be very excited to hear how Team South West perform in the national finals and we wish them all the very best from Newton Abbot College!”

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