Gold medallist sees Dani in Pumas

Dani Halley (centre) with Fyling Hall headteacher Ken James and Olympic gold medallist Steve Batchelor, who won his medal at the Seoul Olympics in 1988

Dani Halley (centre) with Fyling Hall headteacher Ken James and Olympic gold medallist Steve Batchelor, who won his medal at the Seoul Olympics in 1988

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Dani Halley, a pupil in year 11 at Fyling Hall and a member of Whitby Ladies’ Hockey Club, represented the Pennine Pumas in the Futures Cup hosted at Cannock Hockey Club over half-term.

Dani was only one of 18 girls chosen from the north of England to represent the region in this prestigious competition.

The Futures Cup has the finest hockey players in the country fighting it out for a place in the England squad and Dani was among the elite.

Headmaster of Fyling Hall, Ken James, was fortunate enough to watch Dani in two of her games and commented on the excellent hockey she played. Her team won the silver medal in the under 16s competition, losing only to the eventual winners, the Saxon Tigers.

Dani is pictured with Mr James and Olympic gold medallist, Steve Batchelor (Seoul 1988).

Mr James and Steve have known each other for many years and Steve was also delighted to be able to watch Dani play some fine hockey.