GB Women have announced their preliminary squad ahead of next year’s World Championship tournament in Dumfries.
The six-team tournament will be hosted by GB and they will face Croatia, Kazakhstan, Korea, New Zealand and Poland from 30th March to 5th April 2015.
The coaching staff held their final selection camp the weekend before Christmas, with overseas players returning alongside the UK-based squad to be assessed over the weekend before the squad selection.
Coach, Paul Burton, said: “The selection process is the same for all players, including those overseas.
“All players are monitored over the season with the same testing procedure and the results sent back to our strength and conditioning team at the University of Gloucester.
“We are also in touch with the overseas players coaches who keep us informed of the players progress on a monthly basis, so we have a pretty good idea of where all the players are at.
“The squad will work together over the next two months, before a team is selected to play a couple of warm-up games in the Netherlands in early February.
“The team to play in this year’s World Championship will be announced in mid-February.
“Ice Hockey UK have given us the opportunity to prepare for the World Championship on home ice next year, with warm-up games against international opposition before announcing the team to play in Dumfries.
“The squad looks strong with good strength in depth and an excellent work ethic.
“Over the next three months we will concentrate on systems’ development, alongside the girls’ personal strength and conditioning programmes, which should put us in good shape for the Worlds.”
GB WOMEN’S PRELIMINARY SQUAD
Samantha Bolwell – Guildford Lightning
Sam Bonathan – Bracknell Queen Bees
Nicole Jackson – Kingston Diamonds
Holly Cornford – Kingston Diamonds
Helen Emerson – Kingston Diamonds
Georgina Farman – Linkoping (Swe)
Amanda Handisides – Bracknell Queen Bees
Sarah Hutchinson – Kingston Diamonds
Alice Lamb – Bracknell Queen Bees
Beth Scoon – Kingston Diamonds
Rachel Serrell – Billingham
Lauren Summers – Bracknell Queen Bees
Kelly Walsh – Sheffield Shadows
Louise Adams – Bracknell Queen Bees
Natalie Aldridge – Bracknell Queen Bees
Saffron Allen – Sheffield Shadows
Jodie Bloom – Sheffield Shadows
Abbie Culshaw – Kingston Diamonds
Katherine Gale – University of Toronto (Ca)
Leanne Ganney – Bracknell Queen Bees
Katie Girdler – Bracknell Queen Bees
Katie Henry – SDE (Swe)
Paige Henry – Solihull Vixens
Sophie Herbert – Brock University (Ca)
Kim Lane – Bracknell Queen Bees
Chrissy Newman – Bracknell Queen Bees
Kate Rigby – Solihull Vixens