There is one thing missing from Beth Scott’s junior ice hockey career – a world title.
Her trophy haul may yet get bigger, as she was named in the New Zealand under-18 team to compete at the International Ice Hockey Federation women’s under-18 division 2 World Championships next year, in Mexico.
The 17-year-old Menzies College pupil is somewhat of a stalwart of the side, having been an integral member for the past five years.
The world championship would be one of the last outings for the side before she became ineligible.
“It feels really good to get another great opportunity for the team,” Beth said.
“I know a few of the girls from being there before but there’s a few new names this time, so it’ll be good to see how they play.
“I’m looking forward to this new experience and experiencing a new culture.”
New Zealand will play Mexico, Turkey and Spain at the championship, which they had not done during Beth’s tenure.
“The hardest part will be it’s a whole new environment and staying at that top level competing against different countries and different teams for the first time.”
They had competed in transtasman tests, matches against Canada and, in the Challenge Cup of Asia, where New Zealand won both gold and silver in the past two years.
She was named best New Zealand player at the cup.
Beth, of Tuturau, believed competing in Asia helped prepare her for the world stage.
“I think it’ll help me with the atmosphere of it over there.”
Coach Angelique Mawson, of Dunedin, would coach the side again.
“She coached us in the Challenge Cup.
“She’s helped develop our structure a lot and us working together as a unit.”
The 20 woman team will join together later in the year to start training.
“It’s hard with us all over the country. It’s quite different.
“The closer girls might train a bit in Dunedin but there will be a training camp where we get together, get to know each other and work out game plans,” she said.
Southern had the strongest contingent with nine players from the region. Beth, a forward, was the sole player from the Gore area.
She started playing ice hockey 10 years ago when she was taken to the Gore Ice Rink to watch her brother Lachlan, and father Grant play for the Gore Grizzlies, who she now plays for.
“If I had to come, I figured I may as well start playing.
“I love everything about the game, the atmosphere, how fast it is . Just all aspects, I love everything.”
After the world championships, Beth would continue playing and target making the Ice Fernz team.