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Hi! My name's Bethan Walsh and I'm a member of the World Youth Hockey Panel.

I've also represented Wales at Under-16 and Under-18 level.

I've travelled the world thanks to hockey and made friends from lots of different countries.

I reckon it's the best sport in the world - but don't just take my word for it.

Here are just a few reasons why I reckon you should try it out for yourself!

You'll make lots of friends

Hockey's about so much more than getting on the pitch and playing.

It's a team sport and once you're part of a team, you're a part of it off the pitch as well as on it.

Spending so much time together means you develop really close friendships.

When I go out, it's mostly with my hockey friends. We're really close knit.

Opportunities at every level

The England hockey girls celebrate
Team spirit is important

You don't have to be brilliant at hockey to enjoy it.

There really is something for everyone - no matter what your age or ability.

Of course, if you want to take it seriously you'll get all the help and encouragement you need.

You can play at a competitive level, or just for fun.

And if whacking the ball about doesn't really appeal, how about coaching or umpiring?

Keep fit and healthy

Going to the gym will keep you fit and healthy.

But if you play a sport like hockey you don't realise you're keeping fit half the time!

You're having fun with your mates, and yet you're probably doing more work than in the gym.

You're keeping fit without knowing it!

In fact I can't think of a reason not to get involved! Give it a go and see how YOU get on!

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Walshy's factfile
Date of birth: 22 Aug 1985
Lives: Swansea
Studies: Bichemistry at Oxford University
Position: Defender
Club: Swansea Ladies
International honours: Wales Under-16/Under-18
Off the pitch: World Youth Hockey Promoter 2001; FIH Youth Panel Leader Jan 01-Nov 03 ; FIH President Award Nov 03

Did you know?
Hockey celebrated Year of the Youth in 2001
The year culminated with the first World Youth Hockey Festival in Australia
During the week-long festival, the World Youth Hockey Panel was set up
Each country now has its own youth hockey promoter

:: World Hockey website

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