06 Jul Jess Sprules to join OHA for 18/19
The Okanagan Hockey UK Academy are pleased to announce the addition of Jessica Sprules to their line up for the forthcoming season. Jess, a product of the Swindon Wildcats Academy joins full time after spending the 2017/18 season as a training player.
2016/17 was a breakthrough season for the Swindon based player, gaining selection to the GB U18 Ladies team for the world championships. Jessica followed that up last season with another World championship campaign.
Paul Kelsall commented on the signing “We have been in discussions with Jess over the course of last season. Jess has progressed quickly and the practice sessions she attended during the past 12 months have certainly kicked her game forward. Jess dressed for the Academy in the Spring Classic Tournament where she had a great weekend and that underlined the talent she has. Jess is very ambitious and has set her sights high. It will be great to see her progress over the next 12 months and to see what pathways open up for her”.
Head Coach Ryan Aldridge added:
Jess has joined us full time after spending last year with us as a training player.
Jess has lots of talent and plays an intense game, she works hard and does not shy away. Jess has a vision to take Hockey as far as she can either in the US or Europe and all of us here at Okanagan UK are excited to help he along the way of reaching her dream.
Following the recent signing, father Shane commented “Next season provides a very exciting opportunity for Jess, having trained in the OHA environment for a while this season I have seen her grow as a player both in skill & confidence. I have faith that the encouragement that Paul & Ryan have already given Jess will continue, pushing her to be the best she possibly can be. Good luck Jess go make us proud”.
Jessica is clearly focussed on what she is looking to achieve, “Being able to have this opportunity means so much to me and for once I don’t feel singled out just because I’m a “girl”. Having trained with the boys this previous season I have already developed in my game, so having the chance to be apart of the team full time is massive to me as I’m hoping it’ll develop me further into the hockey player I want to be, not just on the Ice but off the ice too. The OHA programme will hopefully open further opportunity’s for my career in hockey and may give me the chance to fulfil my dream of playing hockey aboard. I’m very excited to start this coming season but also very nervous as being the first girl in the team is a big thing to me, I may not be as strong as the boys out there but all I can ask of myself is to put 100% effort in no matter what challenges I have to face.”
Everyone at the Okanagan Hockey UK Academy are pleased to have Jessica on board for the coming season and we look forward to welcoming all the team on the 1st September.