Kiwi U18 captain gets MVP awards

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Beth Scott does things in threes.

The Tuturau ice hockey player captained the New Zealand under-18 team, was named most valuable player against Spain and was named New Zealand’s most valuable player in the competition.

She secured the honours at the International Ice Hockey Federation women’s under-18 division two world championship.

New Zealand placed fourth but Beth’s individual performances brought her higher honours.

“It was my first time captaining,” Beth (17) said.

“It was a real honour.

” I’ve been in this team for so long looking up to girls and it was my chance to be a role model.

“I was really grateful for both of them [the MVPs].

“That semifinal against Spain was great. There was some really good hockey.”

New Zealand lost in overtime to Spain, after it lost to the same team 9-0 pre-tournament.

Held in Mexico, the tournament involved teams from Spain, Mexico and Turkey.

Most of New Zealand’s 20-person team fell sick.

“Everyone got a touch of it, so it was tough to play.

“Having to play with people you don’t know as well and you need to know your lines .. it was quite a challenge.”

The altitude of Mexico posed problems.

“It was significant at the start of the tournament.”

Beth has been part of Academy Southland for the past two years.

Academy Southland co-ordinator Carly Anderson said Beth made the most of her opportunities.

“When she attended a training camp in Canada last year, she was able to put a lot of the knowledge and skills she had learnt into action and was able to thrive in that environment ..

“Beth is helping to put Southland on the map with her accomplishments.”

The academy was grateful to the MLT for support to provide the programme, she said.