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Trent College Sixth Form student, Josh Pavis, featured in every game as Great Britain Under 21s won the thrilling Sultan of Johor International Tournament in Malaysia.
Josh, who is just 16 and four years under age, first received a shock call up for the U21s in August, days before discovering he had secured 5 A*s and 4A grades in his GCSE exams at the Long Eaton school.
Then, last weekend (Sunday 18 October), he was part of the team that beat India 4-3 in a sudden death penalty shoot-out in the six-team tournament final, after the game had ended 2-2. The U21s had beaten Malaysia, India and Argentina and drawn with Australia and Pakistan en route to the final.
The win avenged GB's defeat at the hands of India in last year’s final, and also denied India from winning the title for the third consecutive year.
Josh, now a regular for Beeston HC's 1st XI, said: “It was an incredible experience to play against so many great hockey nations. The final was one of the most exciting games I have played in and it was great for us to get over the line.”
Mark Wadsley, Trent College Head of Hockey, continued: “Josh is such a modest, down-to-earth character he has taken these achievements in his stride. It is important he keeps enjoying his hockey and, at the back of his mind, focuses on the Junior (U21) World Cup, which takes place in December 2016.”
Josh is not the only Trent College student with international hockey aspirations. No fewer than nine students - six girls and three boys - have been selected for the England Hockey 2015 Futures Cup (U18 & U16) and HiPAC High Performance Assessment Camp (U15 & U17) squad events, which are taking place during half-term. These tournaments are where the England National Age Group Squads will be selected for the season.
Sophie Bryne, current Trent College 1st XI captain, also played for England ‘Blue’ in the Sainsbury’s School Games in September.
Mr Wadsley added: “Hockey at Trent College is in a good place at the moment. Each player has gone through a different journey to reach this level and a number of pupils have demonstrated resilience and determination, persevering with the system. They are example to several of our pupils who have perhaps not achieved what they hoped this year. Dust yourself down, reflect and move forward! We wish all of all these students the best of luck."