Oliver Endicott, a year 7 pupil at Isambard Community School, had his ice-skating prowess rewarded with a call-up to the England U-13 Development Ice Hockey Team.
He made his debut in Scotland in December before travelling earlier this month to the Czech Republic for a five match tour.
‘It was a great experience,’ said Oliver, who regularly plays for the Swindon Pumas. ‘We arrived at our hotel to check in and then transferred to the ice to stretch our legs and warm up before our first match with an 8pm face-off. That was our easiest game of the tour with England winning 11-0 but we knew the competition would get progressively harder. In one match, we were taken to a very tense penalty shoot-out.’
Overall, the team lost just one match and that was to a team made up of Czech students from a hockey camp which provided really useful experience for the young English team.
Oliver comes from a family of keen Ice-Hockey players and supporters and the sport is clearly in his blood. As the sole Swindon representative in the U-13 team, he has enjoyed meeting and socialising with players from all over the country.
Oliver added: “I have made so many new friends in the England squad, and we play X-Box against each other. I’m looking forward to meeting up with everyone again at tournaments.”
Oliver also plays in the South-West regional team along with his Isambard classmate, Jacob Minter. They will both be representing the South West later this year in Galeen, Holland.