Posted:Wednesday, November 10, 2010
This is my first blog entry. Hello :)
I feel like a frog in a fish pond here because I don't play ice hockey, I only play inline (roller) hockey. I play here in the UK and over the last few years of getting back into the sport after a nasty car crash, I've gotten to the point of knowing that if I go almost anywhere in the UK to play hockey, I'll bump into someone I know in the hockey world.
This Summer I played for the Ladies Great Britain Roller Hockey squad over in Los Angeles in the Junior Olympics. It was a great experience for me and to top it off, I got picked as Captain before we flew out. My first time in the GB squad and made Captain, I wish I could have seen my face when they announced it. :)
I'm hoping to play with the GB squad again soon as they want to put a senior squad into the World Championships in July 2011 (which are being held in Italy).
My local team is technically a mixed squad but out of 2 women that play, I'm the only one who plays in league games. Because I'm a lass, I play in the seniors league (which is 21 years+) and I can also play down to Under 21's AND play up to the Veterans age group. Which is nice, because I can play more hockey than most.
I've been considering playing ice hockey for several years but always thought that my knees wouldn't be able to handle it. However, after lots of extra exercise to get myself fitter for the GB games, I found my knees really improved and handled all the additional abuse I threw their way.
So I'm more open to the idea of playing ice - except I'm not sure how well my 'skills' (if you can call them that) would transfer over to ice.
I've found that in playing with the lads, I've had to bring myself up towards their standards - I'm older than most of them (although not all) and have to wonder if that will help my case at all.
Basically, I'm asking for any opinions or if indeed anyone else has been in a similar situation?
Thoughts are most gratefully received.