Brother and sis­ter both re­ceive an Eng­land call-up

Ice hockey

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Owen Dell has been in the Czech Repub­lic this week on a four-day trip as part of the Eng­land Na­tional Team pro­gramme. It’s a sec­ond call-up for the 14-year-old Tow­ers School pupil, who plays for Gilling­ham-based In­victa Mav­er­icks un­der-15s, hav­ing un­der­gone ex­ten­sive tri­als to earn a spot on the four-day trip to Nym­burk. The visit was de­signed to repli­cate the In­ter­na­tional Ice Hockey Fed­er­a­tion World Cham­pi­onships and saw play­ers train and play in­ten­sively against se­lected op­po­nents. Owen said: “I’m pleased to be able to rep­re­sent Eng­land again this year. I would like to thank In­victa Dy­namos head coach Kevin Par­rish for al­low­ing me to train with them.” “It cer­tainly helped me in terms of be­ing ready for the tri­als and I would also like to thank Kent Sport who as­sisted me fi­nan­cially through their FANS (Free Ac­cess for Na­tional Sports Peo­ple), with a small grant which went to­wards new skates and stick.” Mean­while, younger sis­ter, 11-year-old Ava, who at­tends Willes­bor­ough Ju­nior School, and plays for the In­victa Charg­ers un­der-13s, has been se­lected to at­tend an Eng­land Girls’ un­der-15 school of ex­cel­lence later this year. It will in­clude a week-long res­i­den­tial se­lec­tion camp, af­ter which the team to visit Fin­land will be se­lected.

Ava and Owen Dell

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