BEN WALL WINS PRESTIGIOUS HOCKEY WRITERS’ AWARD FOR YOUTH PLAYERS.
The winners of the 2020 Hockey Writers’ Club youth and junior awards for 2019 were honoured at the annual presentation lunch on January 15 at the Royal Thames Yacht Club, Knightsbridge, London.
The Hockey Writers Club was founded in 1972 and today it consists of writers, photographers, broadcasters and webmasters who look to promote the sport. It is recognised by the major organisations associated with the game including, the International Hockey Federation and the European Hockey Federation.
16-year-old Ben Wall, who played for Gwent HC until making the move to Whitchurch HC this season, was presented with the award for Boys under-18.
Ben, who plays in midfield and defence, attended his first NAGS camp when he was 12 and has since progressed through the Hockey Wales Performance Pathway, to play for Wales at U16, U18 and U21s.
As well as being an excellent player, Ben is a junior coach at Gwent HC, where he works with the U9s mixed team.
Ben was one of four inductees of the prestigious Hockey Writers' Club youth awards, who join an illustrious cast of past winners, including Rio Olympic Games gold medallists Maddie Hinch and Sophie Bray.
The panel sought information from coaches, clubs and schools, with the judges considering not just hockey ability, but also their personal qualities and potential for future development.
Having worked with him through his progression at NAGS, Head Coach of Wales U18 Boys, Lee Ible is delighted that Ben has won this award.
“This is a well-deserved honour for a hard-working player both on and off the pitch. Everyone at Hockey Wales is delighted for Ben and would like to congratulate him on this award.”
Youth, Boys under-18 – Ben Wall (Whitchurch HC & Caldicot School)
Youth, Girls under-18 – Raphaella Robeson (Wellington College & Wimbledon HC)
Junior, Girls under-16 – Claudia Swain (Repton School & Repton HC)
Junior, Boys under-16 – Thomas Leadlay (Eltham College and Blackheath & Elthamians HC)
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