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HOW MY MAKING TRAX SPORTS TOUR CHANGED MY PERSEPCTIVE ON SPORT, CULTURE AND TRAVEL
‘Being a school girl from Glasgow, hockey was something I grew up with. During our first term of school last year we were offered the opportunity to go on a sports tour to Italy. I had heard great things about previous tours from other squad members so it was pretty exciting.
The day finally came for us to travel after waiting and preparing for close to a year. We arrived in Italy and got the bus to our hotel where we would eat and sleep before the start of our 4-‐day tournament. At first it was quite strange playing against a team that spoke a different language and played a different style of hockey, it wasn’t something that we were used to. We won our first match and shared some pasta and a cup of hot chocolate with our opposition. Italians, I would learn love their pasta, in fact we were offered a bowl of pasta as a starter and with every meal. Just as well we all love pasta!
Day two was our 2nd match against the tournament favourites. they scored a late goal to tie the game 2-‐2 which meant that we would have to win our 3rd match to secure our place in the final. The top two teams were to play each other for the trophy and based on the way the other teams were doing that was going to be enough to get us there. Our frustrating draw was soon forgotten after spending the rest of the day in Venice taking boat trips, sight-‐seeing, shopping and eating ice-‐cream.
Every morning started with early warm up sessions, we had to eat the right meals and stay hydrated as we weren’t really used to playing in the heat. We won our 3rd match 4-‐0, made even more special by the fact that the boys, who were on rugby tour with us, came to watch us play. We had made it to the final on my first trip away, the team were so excited. Our afternoon treat was Gardaland, one of Italy’s biggest theme parks. I think I rode Italy’s biggest the roller coaster about 50 times.
It was finals day! The first half ended 0-‐0 and we were lucky not to have conceded a goal early on. After a stern team talk from our coach we decided that we weren’t going home without the trophy! We played much better second half and I got the winning goal. We had done it, we had won our first trophy in a different country!
A hockey tour was something I had never done before, but it is something that I will never ever forget. We trained like proper athletes, played against different teams, learned to play in a different environment, made new friends that we would never have met had we not gone on tour. I can honestly say that as a team we bonded really well being away together, hockey tour broadened my horizons and opened my eyes in terms of travel, sport and culture. I have since taken an opportunity to play hockey abroad whilst earning a university degree. Carla Godsman, The High School of Glasgow (18) following on Twitter @
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