Kiana Tait will be putting her college work briefly “on ice” in 2019 as she has been selected to represent Team GB Ice Hockey at U18 level.
Alongside her sporting involvement, Kiana is currently studying A Level Economics, Law and Sociology at Wyke. The former Malet Lambert student said, “It’s an honour to represent my country at such a young age, the tournament is an important step for me as I wish to play for the Great Britain Women’s team.”
The six-team IIHF tournament runs from 6th to 12th January 2019 at Dumfries Ice Bowl and GB will host China, France, Poland, Netherlands and Norway.
GB’s first game is on Sunday 6th January against Poland U18 Women, before facing France U18 Women the following day.
After a rest day, GB then go head-to-head with Norway U18 Women on Wednesday 9th January.
A second rest day is followed by GB facing China on Friday 11th January and the tournament is wrapped up with Great Britain against Netherlands 24 hours later.
Head coach, Cheryl Smith, said: “This was one of the toughest under-18 squads the coaching staff have ever had to name.
“There is so much competition for places but that is a great position to be in for the women’s programme.
“It will be a tough tournament for sure as there are some top nations competing and many of the roster are still very young.
“But we have had good preparation and I know the squad is really looking forward to playing on home ice.”
GB U18 WOMEN’S SQUAD
Lucy Beal – Slough/Bracknell
Sophie Campbell – Kirkcaldy/Fife
Grace Garbett – Telford
Megan Gourlay – Solway Sharks
Emily Harris – Bracknell
Aimee Headland – Northwood Huskies
Chloe Headland – RSL Islanders U19
(N/M) Ella Howard – Romford
Verity Lewis – Ontario Hockey Academy
Kaitlyn Morrison – Ontario Hockey Academy
(N/M) Emma Nichols – Chelmsford
Chloe Riley – Sutton/Sheffield
Amy Robery – Streatham
Elizabeth Saunders – Sutton/Sheffield
Jessica Sprules – Okanagan Hockey Academy
Kiana Tait – Kingston
Jessie Taylor – Bracknell
Ellie Wakeling – Romford/Bracknell
Hannah Ware – Sutton/Sheffield
Audrey Wood – Kirkcaldy