Woodkirk pupil makes a splash for Great Britain

Woodkirk Academy Year 13 pupil Beatrix Dixon has won a gold medal at the world championships with the Great Britain underwater hockey team. (D522C437)
Woodkirk Academy Year 13 pupil Beatrix Dixon has won a gold medal at the world championships with the Great Britain underwater hockey team. (D522C437)
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A talented Woodkirk Academy pupil has struck gold representing Great Britain in an international tournament.

Beatrix Dixon found success with the national ladies under-19s squad in the underwater hockey event at the World Alternative Games in Newport.

Winning gold builds on other achievements this year, having already bagged a silver medal with the Yorkshire ladies team and a junior British national silver medal with the Batley Barracudas under -18’s.

In the Newport competition, the squad fought-off efforts from the male French U19s, both female and male Dutch teams and the two men’s Great Britain squads.Year 13 student Beatrix is now keeping her fingers crossed to be selected for the World Age Group Championships 2015 team, who will compete in Spain and she is currently seeking sponsorship.

Beatrix trains througout the week at a range of senior clubs, but started and continues to play, along with some of her team mates, at Batley Tennis and Sports Centre. The venue not only boasts the under-19s team, but many of the juniors are British silver medallists at under-14s to 18s level – including Beatrix’s youngster sister Saskia.

Many of the coaches at the club have also competed and have experience playing and coaching at a national level.

The World Alternative Games, started in 2012 in the wake of the Olympics in London, celebrates the more unsual side of the sporting world.

Designed for youngsters, some of the 60 events at the year’s games, held in August, included the World Bog Snorkelling Championships, Gravy Wrestling and the Man versus Horse Marathon.