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Littleborough teen dives into World Championships


Local student Rebecca Northover has just represented Great Britain at the 2017 Underwater Hockey World Championships in Tasmania.

Before starting a Performing Arts course at Hopwood Hall College, Rebecca spent the Summer with ten teammates taking on the best the world had to offer in one of the more niche sports.

Playing as a centre back in the starting six, Rebecca and her team took on the likes of Canada and USA.

“It was an amazing experience.” Exclaimed Rebecca.

“With the sport being quite a rare one, I only see my teammates during competitions. It makes the whole thing much more of an event travelling, living and socialising with people you only see so often.

“It’s the same for the other teams too, so we often met up with other teams outside of the competition. One of the best nights was probably when the USA’s team hosted us and cooked for everybody.”

#Pictured: Rebecca Northover (bottom right) and her GB team mates.

The competition started brightly, with Team GB beating Canada 10-0, 10-0, 8-0 and 5-0. However, it was to be Rebecca’s new friends that would end their competition hopes.

In a tightly fought match, team USA edged GB 2-1 and prevented Rebecca and co from a semi-final show down with Columbia.

“We obviously would have liked to go further, but the competition was amazing for me personally anyway. I played a sport I love at the highest level and met some great people along the way!”

Rebecca will now return to playing for the Manchester Underwater Hockey club at a domestic level whilst continuing her Performing Arts studies at Hopwood Hall.