GB selection for Kelso’s Claire Hill

Kelso's Claire Hill has been selected to the GB U21 squad
Kelso's Claire Hill has been selected to the GB U21 squad

A Kelso teenager has became the second Borders hockey player in the space of a year to have been selected for a Great Britain squad.

Claire Hill is one of only two Scots to be selected (Millie Brown from Clydesdale Western being the other) for the 18-strong GB Under 21 outfit who will travel to Philadelphia early in the new year for a series of fixtures against their USA counterparts.

The 19-year-old, who studies and plays at Edinburgh University, took part in a seven day trial at Lillieshall before making the cut from the original group of 22.

As well as playing for Kelso High School Hill was part of the Borders hockey Performance programme ran by former international player Janet Jack. She is on the Borders Athlete Support Programme and also played for the South of Scotland squad at Under 16 and Under 18 level.

“This is another fantastic success story for Borders hockey and a much deserved one for Claire,” said Jack.

Hill will travel out to America with the squad on January 4 and during the 10 day trip will play against the national Under 21 team five times.

Matches will be played in a sports complex called Spookynook in a heated dome as temperatures could be around 0 to -20 degrees.

Hill is following in the footsteps of Selkirk’s Sarah Robertson who is currently part of the GB Senior squad.