St Mary’s University, Twickenham academic, and GB Great British Women's Student ice hockey team coach, Ali Emery, travelled to the United States to support her team in the FISU (International University Sports Federation) World Winter Games.
The Games, staged every two years in a different city, are billed as a celebration of international university sports and culture, with thousands of student-athletes competing in each event.
It was a tough tournament for Great Britain in the ice hockey, with the team progressing to the quarter-finals, but not beyond. However, the players from the Men's and Women's teams had the opportunity to play against incredibly talented ice hockey players.
Ali Emery commented, “It was a tough tournament for GB in the ice hockey, however with opportunity to meet more than 2,500 students from over 50 countries, the players from the Men's and Women's teams both had an amazing experience.
“We were fortunate enough to support BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) athletes as they won gold in the men's curling and ski cross.”
Held at New York State’s Lake Placid, the event is the second largest winter games in the world.
Ali, who is a lecturer on the Sport Rehabilitation BSc at the School of Sport, Health & Applied Science at St Mary’s, was interviewed before and after each game, where she promoted both the sport of ice hockey and the UK university experience.