Owen earns Eng­land call

Ice hockey Ta­ble ten­nis

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A young ice hockey player from Ash­ford has been called up by Eng­land for the first time.

Owen Dell is in the un­der-14 squad for a tour­na­ment in Aus­tria at the end of March.

The 13-year-old, a pupil at Tow­ers School, came through a se­ries of tri­als in Sh­effield to earn his place.

Dell and his Eng­land team-mates will be up against ice hockey su­per-pow­ers Canada and the USA when they travel to Zell am See, in Salzburg, next month. He woke up to the good news last Fri­day. Dad Rob said: “He’d been ner­vous and ap­pre­hen­sive in the run-up be­cause he knew he was go­ing to find out that week. We got the email late on Thurs­day night and when he woke up for school on Fri­day, we were able to show it to him.

“He was grin­ning like a Cheshire cat when he read it. He was so ex­cited.

“He’s quite a mod­est lad, not one to shout from the rooftops but he’s proud. We all are – me, his mum Karen and sis­ter Ava.”

Dell, a for­ward, joined In­victa Dy­namos aged five and has rep­re­sented the South East for the past three years.

He was spot­ted by na­tional se­lec­tors and in­vited to tri­als, with back­ing from his school when he needed time off to travel.

Rob added: “The school have been so sup­port­ive. The tri­als are a lengthy process.

“They were on­go­ing from Au­gust and he had to travel to Sh­effield each time, so it was a big com­mit­ment.

“He’s played for the South East since un­der-11s but this is his first Eng­land call-up.

“They’ll be up against strong teams – Canada, USA, the Czech Re­pub­lic and pos­si­bly Ger­many. It’ll be tough but a great ex­pe­ri­ence.”

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