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Trent College Sixth Form student Josh Pavis will again be part of the Great Britain Under 21s men’s hockey squad bidding to retain the prestigious international Sultan of Johor Cup in Malaysia later this month.
Beeston HC's Pavis, then just 16, featured in every game as Great Britain claimed a dramatic sudden death penalty shoot-out victory over India in last year’s final.
And having also played for England U21s this year, as well as being part of the England U18s that reached the semi-finals of the EuroHockey Youth Championships this summer, Year 13 student Pavis flies to Malaysia to once again represent GB in the prestigious six-team international tournament from 25 October and 8 November.
The tournament is the final chance for players to catch the eye before the 16-team Men’s Hockey Junior World Cup in Lucknow, India between 8-18 December, an event that is only held every four years.
Pavis said: “It was an incredible experience to win the Sultan of Johor Cup last year and it would be a fantastic achievement to repeat that feat again this year. I also want to use this tournament to try to earn selection for the U21 World Cup and to go on and compete for a medal at that tournament."
Earlier this year Pavis was awarded the national Higgins Group Hockey Writers' Club Junior Boys (16 and Under) Player of the Year accolade, having first received a shock call up for the U21s in August 2015, days before discovering he had secured 5 A*s and 4A grades in his GCSE exams at Trent College.
Great Britain are scheduled to play Japan, Australia, Malaysia, Pakistan and New Zealand in the Sultan of Johor Cup, before a final classification game to decide the overall 2016 champions.
Pavis added: “It could end up being a very busy couple of months of hockey for me so I’m extremely grateful for the support I get from my Trent College tutor in helping me manage my timetable and my time, and from the school’s sport department in managing my sport/studies balance to make sure I can be successful in both.”