Great Britain Call Up for Baltic Bound Tom
Billingham born Tom Keeley is celebrating after being selected for the Great Britain under 18 Ice Hockey squad. Tom and his teammates will be heading for an IHF tournament, to be staged in the Estonian city of Tallinn over the Easter period.
Tom who is a member of Tees Active Sports Academy has had to show a huge amount of dedication and determination to develop his Ice Hockey career which has meant him leaving Billingham and moving to the Ontario Hockey Academy in Canada where he is furthering his education and hockey career.
Tom returned to the UK to take part in the 2 day trial and selection process in Sheffield and will now be involved with some Great Britain training camps before the tournament in April.
The talented teenager and his teammates will play 5 games against, Russia, Croatia, Estonia, Romania, Lithuania and Hungary and if the Great Britain team win their group they will be promoted to group 1B.
Tom will return to the Ontario Hockey Academy where he is in his final year. He is hoping to continue playing in Canada for the next couple of years, his coach is quite positive and believes tom can pick up a place in a junior team in either Canada or America,. The junior teams in North America have players in them until they 21years of age which allows teams from around the world to scout some of the most talented players in the world
For further information on Tees Active Sports Academy contact Allan McDermott on (01642) 538772.