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Chorley hockey starlet to play for GB in Junior Olympics

Eden Monks, 12 from Whittle-le-Woods is set to fly out to Vegas to play inline puck hockey for Great Britain

Eden Monks, 12 from Whittle-le-Woods is set to fly out to Vegas to play inline puck hockey for Great Britain

Eden Monks, 12, will jet off to Las Vegas to compete with Great Britain’s Junior Inline Puck Hockey team.

He will be competing in the Junior Olympics – with teams facing off for the AAU (Amateur Athletics Union) Championship from July 10.

Eden, of Delph Way, Whittle-le-Woods, near Chorley, and the 13-strong under-12 team starts its campaign on July 12.

Until then he will link up regularly with his team mates for training in Rotherham before flying to America.

“I went through quite a rigorous selection process last autumn” said Eden.

“I was thrilled when I finally got the letter giving me the news that I had made the squad.”

Eden is a pupil at Holy Cross High School, Chorley.

He has been skating for five years, since taking lessons as part of the Chorley Council-run “Get Up and Go” programme at Clayton Green Leisure Centre.

The youngster has since gone on to take his skating to hockey at Wigan Roller Rink and also plays ice hockey for the Manchester Phoenix Junior team, based in Altrincham.

“I can’t wait to go to America and represent my country” said Eden.

“This is a real honour.” The British Inline Puck Hockey 
Association (BIPHA) is the UK national body for the sport and has been in existence for 17 years.

Interest in the sport is steadily growing.

Inline Puck Hockey, as the name suggests, is played with a puck and players wear in-line skates instead of traditional roller skates.

“I really hope Great Britain do well in the tournament – I have high hopes” added Eden.

His mum Pam, 50, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled.

“He’s absolutely excited about it, especially with it being in America. He loves America.”

Pam, who works in human resources for Marriott Hotels in Preston and Liverpool, said Eden was very close to his grandparents, Ethel and Brian Monks,
 of Ashton, Preston, who were also delighted for him.

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