Young Yorkshire hockey star to take on the world in LA

We are supporting a young South Yorkshire inline hockey player who has conquered Britain – and is now set to take on the world after being picked to represent Great Britain at the Junior Olympics in Los Angeles.

Alex Oldale, 12, from Hoyland, Barnsley, is a netminder for Norton Cyclones, and despite having only taken up inline hockey two years ago, won every competition he took part in during his second season in the sport.

His success at a local, regional and national level has gained him international recognition, and after a successful trial with Great Britain, he will now represent his country in the USA during July.

During the 2016/17 season, Alex, whom we are sponsoring, won u12s and u14s league titles at a national and regional level, a major u16 cup competition, and was top netminder for both the national u12 & u14 leagues and for his regional u12 league.

He was also voted by referees as dream team netminder in his national u12 league and regional u16 league.

The Yorkshire youngster, who is sponsored by John Holland, will travel with Great Britain to take on some of the most talented young players on the planet when he faces the likes of Canada, China and the USA at the forthcoming AAU Junior Olympics.

Alex’s parents, Scott and Tracy, said: “We’re incredibly proud of Alex’s dedication to get to where he is now. We’re both staggered by what Alex has achieved in such a short space of time.

“He’s received praise from everyone and he’s learning from the best. His coaches at the Cyclones have accelerated his development so much in the space of two years.

“His ambition is to play at a professional level. We’re very excited about how far he can go, and we’re of course massively grateful to all those who have sponsored Alex, including John Holland. Inline hockey is self-funded, and when you’re at this early stage, nobody has heard of you – so every bit of support counts.”

Mark Holland, our managing director, said: “Alex’s achievements in such a short space of time in inline hockey are remarkable. We’re only too happy to have given our backing and put towards Alex’s kit supplies while he’s in America.

“Alex has already successfully completed a clean sweep of trophies in his time at the Norton Cyclones and we’re extremely excited to see him take a huge step up at the forthcoming AAU Junior Olympics in Los Angeles.”