GB role for Romford old boys
PUBLISHED: 09:35 20 March 2015 | UPDATED: 09:35 20 March 2015
Quartet chase world championship glory
Former Romford ice hockey junior Glenn Billing has been named vice-captain of the Great Britain under-18 squad for the World Championships in Estonia.
Former Shenfield High pupil Billing was forced to look for another club when the old rink in Rom Valley Way closed in April 2013, but is joined in the GB line-up by former Romford clubmates Denis Bell-Blake, Callum Wells and Toms Rutkis.
They are in Finland for a training camp before their first fixture against Korea on Sunday.
GB also take on Croatia, Estonia, Holland and Poland and Billing said: “It’s an hour and a privilege to represent my country and I am very proud to be named vice-captain.
“I will be helping lead the team and doing everything I can to be a leader both on and off the ice, so we can achieve greatness.”
GB coach Martin Grubb added: “Glenn is a player who leads by example and someone I wanted in our captains’ group.
“We thought it was smart to add Glenn in a leadership role. He has improved hugely this year and will be another key player.”
Billing, Rutkis and Bell-Blake were in the GB under-20 squad that won gold in their event in Estonia in December.