Sav Sumner (middle) with the Wild women’s team. (Photo by Geoff White)
Talking about her selection for the Great Britain Universities team, Widnes Wild women’s team player Sav Sumner said:
“I am extremely honoured to have been selected for the Great Britain Universities squad. From the beginning it has been a firm goal of mine to represent my country, therefore I couldn’t be anymore delighted. I’m looking forward to getting out on the ice with the team and for us to showcase all the hard work we have been putting in over the last year.”
Looking back over the lockdown period when many ice rinks have been closed and most players have been unable to do any on-ice training, Sumner said:
“I have been fortunate enough to continue training with the current coronavirus restrictions. Whitley Bay Women’s, who I represented alongside Widnes Wild during the 19/20 season, allowed for me to return to training with them after being granted elite status by the EIHA. As well as this, I’ve been able to keep fit off the ice with the help of Chris Tomlinson and Hustle Fitness, who have guided me with my training and nutrition throughout.”
The GB Universities women’s team take on Women’s Elite League champions Solihull Vixens at iceSheffield this Friday 23rd April at 8.45pm, with the men’s team – featuring current Wild players Brady Doxey and Peter Toth – playing against Milton Keynes Thunder in a 6.30pm face off.
Both games are being played behind closed doors due to Covid restrictions but will be streamed live over the internet.