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Holding their breath for the UK
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Two Pembrokeshire College students have been selected to represent the u19s in Octopush World Champions this summer.
Cara Gaskell and Oliver Charnock-Crawford attended GB team trials in 2016 for the underwater hockey sport called ‘Octopush’, a supreme aerobic sport that was invented in the early 1950s by sub-aqua divers in Southsea, who got bored just swimming up and down pool lanes to get fit. The sport is considered by some as extreme, not only are you required to have a high level of fitness, but this is the only sport where breathing is not permitted!!
Both players, who are members of the Pembroke Octopush Club, were called back to attend the final selection process in January 2017 and are firmly on their way to the world championship which takes place in Hobart, Tasmania in June.
Pembrokeshire College A-level student Oliver said, “I’m very excited about the championships, I will have completed all my exams by then so it will be an exciting but tough competition to look forward to”. Underwater Hockey, as it has become better known throughout the world, is a team game played along the bottom of a swimming pool by two teams of six players. Graphics Diploma student Cara, who has been playing the sport for nine years commented, “Each team defends a 3-metre-wide goal at their own end of the pool while attempting to drive a plastic covered puck into their opponent’s goal,” enthused Cara.