Rydal Penrhos pupil Alex Starling turned in a series of outstanding displays as part of the Hockey Wales U17 squad at a major tournament.
Another talented hockey player at Rydal Penrhos has begun to make significant waves on the national stage after winning a place in the Welsh U17 youth squad earlier this year.
Alex Starling, who is a Year 13 pupil and the school’s First XI boys’ captain for the academic year, turned out for the Wales U17 squad at the 2022 School Games, which took place at the high-profile Loughborough University facility recently.
After earning a well-deserved call-up to the squad, Alex participated in three separate training camps in Cardiff to familiarise himself with new teammates and coaches before embarking on one of the most prestigious tournaments on the youth circuit.
It proved to be another worthwhile outing for the Welsh contingent, who acquitted themselves well in the face of quality opposition to finish third overall as a result of their efforts.
Alex’s performance levels were of the highest standard during the competition, finishing as the team’s top scorer thanks in no small part to a brace against Ulster to further establish himself within the set-up.
The Sixth Former was the joint-third top scorer overall, which represents an outstanding accomplishment from Alex, who is currently with Rydal Penrhos on a Sports Tour of The Netherlands and has developed his exceptional talent with the school’s dedicated staff.
He was a driving force in the school’s U18 squad finishing second nationally at the Welsh Schools’ Championships and Alex also made a name for himself with the Eirias Hockey Club senior men’s team during the previous campaign.
Alex also attends Hockey Wales Regional Performance Centre training, balancing his hockey progression with his A Level studies with the school’s full support.