Megan Gourlay

Megan started going to learn to play hockey in 2015. After a few sessions Megan for asked to register for the Solway Sharks u14 team which she did in November 2015 and attended her first training session. This was an all boys team. The Solway Sharks officials in the club were great and Megan loved training with the team.
One of the Solway coaches was involved with Scotland u18 girls team and Megan was invited to train with the Scotland team at the end of November 2015 which she did.
Megan put in a lot of work both on and off ice never missing any sessions and played her first u14 competitive game on 4th December 2015 for the u14 Solway Sharks team where she was awarded Man of the Match.
Megan continued to train every week and in January 2016 she went to Aberdeen and played for the u14 and u16 Solway Sharks teams, Megan was only 13 at this time.

By January Megan was playing regularly with U14 Solway Sharks and as required for u16s team as well as training monthly for Scotland u18s.

Megan was asked to play for Scotland u16 girls in February 2016 at an away game which she was delighted to do. Mo Muir one of the Scotland Solway coaches encouraged Megan to attend the ladies open trials in Sheffield for GB u16s in February 2016 as she was down in Sheffield anyway that weekend.
Megan attended and in April 2016 received an invitation to train with u16s GB squad on a monthly basis.
In April 2016 Megan went to Best of British Ice Hockey Camp to receive further training and won player of the day and an award at the end of the camp.
In May 2016 after 2 training sessions with GB u16s Megan was invited to train up to u18s GB ladies (Megan was only 13 at this time)
In June 2016 Megan played in her first tournament in Swindon with the u16 Scotland Solway Girls team.
August 2016 Megan attended the Solway Sharks training camp and signed for u16 Solway Sharks.
Scotland u18 training continued on a monthly basis as did u18 GB training for Megan. In September Megan was given the Assistant Captain for Scotland.
In October 2016 Megan got through to the final selection for the u18 GB squad to go abroad (she had just turned 14), she did not make the final 20 team that went. Again in December 2016 she was called up and this time she played with the u18 GB team in Bradford, this was the final selection game for going off to the world championships in January 2017. Again making it to the final selection but missed out on a team place.
Megan continued to train hard and play in games for u16 Solway Sharks and U16 Scotland as well as attending U18GB training.
In February 2017 Megan was selected to play for GB u16 team in the Global Games in Sheffield and then again the following week for the u16 GB team in Nottingham.
In April 2017 Megan attended a 4 day training camp with Scotland u16s which consisted of intense training and 3 games against Czech opposition in Slany, Czech Republic.
Megan received runner up medal in Scottish cup with u16 Solway Sharks.

Since August 2016 Megan has trained up to 5 days a week on and off ice with the following
U16 Solway Sharks
U16/U18 Scotland
U16/U18 GB
She also is Trains up with Solway Ladies and now training up to u20 Solway Sharks.

Finally Megan not content with just training and playing since March Megan has been helping out as a student coach with the learn to play programme at Dumfries Ice Bowl.

Megan has played games this last year in
Dumfries
Kirkcaldy
Inverness
Aberdeen
Belfast
Ayr
Stevenston
Kilmarnock
Dundee
Edinburgh
Hull
Sheffield
Bradford
Nottingham
Czech
and only missed one Solway game as she was playing for Scotland on the same day.

Last week (January 2018) Megan was competing in Poland on the GB TEAM. Megan 15 made the U18 squad for the IIHF World Championships in Katowice.

Her dedication to the sport is amazing and is always pushing herself to improve none of which would be possible without the assistance and support from the Holywood Trust

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