England Lacrosse Squad 2020
We are very pleased to announce that Wycombe Abbey’s Head of Lacrosse, Ruby Smith and 2016 Leaver, Tilly Foster, have been selected for the England Lacrosse Women’s World Cup Training Squad! Both Ruby and Tilly will begin training with their squad in preparation for the World Championships in America next summer. Seniors, Bea Webber (2017 leaver) and Mia Rogers (2020 leaver) have also been selected for the Under 23 England Training Squad.
This is an incredible achievement for these women and we are so proud to be able to teach Lacrosse to our current pupils from one of the best teachers they could ask for:
After the success this year of the Wycombe Abbey First team winning the National Lacrosse Championships, we are extremely proud of the continued achievements from our Seniors and look forwarding to seeing what these Wycombe Women have in store for the future and wish them the best for their upcoming matches in the new England squad! Miss Smith coached the Wycombe Abbey firsts into their recent victory, and comments on her own experiences and accomplishments including being selected for the World Cup Training Squad:
“I have been fortunate enough to be selected for the Senior World Cup training squad, aiming to represent England in what would be my fourth World Championships next summer.
I was lucky enough to start Lacrosse at school, age 11, and be put forward on to the talent pathway at a young age where I trained with the U19 and Senior teams since the age of 15. I captained the U19 England team at the 2011 World Cup, and was selected for the World All-star team being the only European player to be named.
I was then selected for the 2013 Senior World Champions in Canada where we placed fourth and more recently represented Senior England, winning a bronze medal at the 2017 World Cup in England, Guilford. This was the highlight of my Lacrosse playing career after winning on a golden goal in extra time! I have also played in three European Championships winning two gold medals and one silver. After taking a couple of years out from Lacrosse, I am now working towards the next World Championships in 2021; preparation will include training around five to six times a week alongside everyday life, and training monthly as a squad. The current squad is made up of 31 players, with England Lacrosse later selecting a team of 18 to travel to the World Cup.
It is a complete honour to be a part of such a talented group of women and play alongside them representing my country and I hope that I can continue to inspire the Wycombe Abbey girls to reach their own sporting goals and aspirations from my own international playing experiences.”