Pontypool hockey player gets grant boost

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A RECIPIENT of a sports grant awarded in memory off a Torfaen policeman is off to play hockey at the world championships in France this weekend.

Gemma Davies, 18, of Cwmynyscoy Road, Pontypool, received a £100 Mic Morris Trust award on Thursday.

The trust is organising a 10k charity race in Torfaen on July 20.

The charity was set up in memory of police officer and athlete Mic Morris who died during a training run in 1983 aged 24.

The trust has awarded the Welsh squad goalkeeper a grant, which has helped her buy a new kit ahead of the roller hockey world championships in Toulouse, France.

Her mum Sarah, 47, said: “It has helped her a lot to buy a new kit and go out there.

“We are proud of her. She has done it all by herself. She’s put the time and effort.”

Sarah will travel to France on Sunday before taking part in the two-week tournament.

She plays roller hockey for Llanishen and also practises ice hockey with the Cardiff Comets.

The Crosskeys College art student said: “I’m so excited for the challenge. I play three times a week and there are matches at weekends.

“It feels really good to play and it’s also the friends I’ve made through it.”

The charity race is expected to draw more than 500 runners, with the Free Press helping to make it the biggest yet.

Anyone interested in taking part can get application forms from Cwmbran Stadium and Pontypool Active Living Centre,. Runners can also get in touch with or by calling Christine Philpott on 01633 628936, or emailing christine.philpott@torfaen.gov.uk

Argus journalist Rob Owen is also running the 10k. To sponsor him, post cheques made payable to ‘Mic Morris Trust’ to South Wales Argus, Cardiff Road, Newport, NP20 3QN.

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