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Jo Lowry on the European Championships

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To have been chosen to represent my country is a considerable honour, one of which not many people will get to experience. It all started in Leeds where I was called up for the first of many camps.

I was very nervous to begin with as I was new to this whole process but I soon settled in with the squad. The preparation games that we had against Ireland, Sweden, France and Bulgaria gave the squad valuable experience, and along with the training camps, provided us with confidence and know-how which helped us succeed in the Euros.

Playing for England in Estonia was an absolute privilege and for the team to remain unbeaten for the first 10 days of the tournament was a great achievement in itself as from this we gained our main goal which was promotion into division A. This gave us confidence and self belief to enter the final against Germany, and although we didn’t win we came out knowing that we pushed our hardest as a team and to come out with a European silver medal and promotion is unbelievable.

I will never forget this experience and the amazing people I’ve met along the way, teammates and staff. I also owe a lot of thanks to my parents and everyone at hatters for the excellent support they have given me throughout the whole process, because without them I wouldn’t have been able to call myself a European medalist.’

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