Our first Blackburn Junior Hawks skills test session saw assistance from guest coaches Nicole Jackson and Sarah Hutchinson. Both Nicole and Sarah are part of the Great Britain Women’s team who both secured a bronze medal at the recent world championships in South Korea in April 2017, following the pre-Olympic qualifiers in Kazakhstan in November 2016.
Nicole is an experienced goalkeeper with well over 12 years playing at a high level, icing for England and GB on numerous occasions. She will be playing overseas in Sweden next year for Goteborg Hockey Club. Sarah has been involved in the game for over 15 years also icing for England and GB throughout this time and is no stranger to senior hockey. Last year Sarah iced for the Altrincham Aces (men’s team) in Laidler conference D2 alongside her international duties.
Both Nicole and Sarah have completed these skills tests in their training camps for England and GB, so it was ideal opportunity to have this level of coaching down at Blackburn to assist. These 2 guest coaches will hopefully be the first of many more to assist with the Blackburn Junior Hawks.