Calverley man in World Championships

Halifax Roller Hockey Club captain Tom Wallis is looking forward to testing himself at major international level

Halifax Roller Hockey Club captain Tom Wallis is looking forward to testing himself at major international level

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CALVERLEY'S Tom Wallis is to represent England in this winter's World Roller Hockey Championships in Uruguay.

A string of impressive displays last season for Halifax Roller Hockey Club, where he is captain, have earned the 29-year-old his opportunity in South America.

The 29-year-old led his club to league and cup glory, with Halifax clinching the National Division One title in June before going on to lift the Northern Counties' Cup two weeks later, beating Premier League Middlesbrough 5-4 in the final.

Tom, a PE teacher at Manor Croft Academy in Dewsbury, is the only player in the England squad who didn't ply his trade in the top flight in 2013-14.

However, having won National Division One, Halifax are now in the top flight, starting next month.

The England squad will fly out to Canelones on Thursday, November 13, with the competition taking place from Saturday, November 15 to Saturday, November 22, with England returning home the following day.

Among the potential opposition for England are Austria, Mexico and the USA, and Tom said: “I’m really looking forward to playing in a major international roller hockey tournament.

"It will be my first experience of it but, if given the opportunity, I’ll give it my all.

“I’ll be with some experienced international players and we have a real opportunity to do well.”

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