Ice hockey star on U20s GB team

Edinburgh College student and ice hockey player Tyler Plews is gearing up to fly to Budapest this weekend where he will represent Great Britain under-20s in the World Championship (Division 1B).

Tyler, 19 is currently studying the HND Fitness, Health and Exercise at Edinburgh College and has been playing ice hockey since the age of eight after following in his dad’s footsteps. He plays as a defenceman in the professional Elite Ice Hockey league for Edinburgh Capitals where he trains four times a week at Murrayfield Ice Rink.

Talking about the forthcoming competition, Tyler said: “It’s an honour to play for my country. It’s the first time I’ve been chosen for the team so I’m really excited. There’s six of us altogether from Scotland and we’re really looking forward to taking on the other great teams in the championships.”

Neil MacKenzie, curriculum manager for sport and fitness at Edinburgh College, said: “This is fantastic news for Tyler, who has worked hard to achieve selection for the GB under-20s and stay on track with a very demanding Fitness, Health and Exercise HND. We are all delighted for him and it shows that hard work and dedication – along with his unquestionable sporting talent – does bring its rewards. I’m especially pleased that we are able to attract such sporting talent to our sport and fitness courses at Edinburgh College, which pays tribute to the high levels of quality learning and teaching on offer. I hope Tyler gets plenty of ice time at the championships.”

The GB team will take on hosts Hungary as well as Slovenia, Poland, Italy and Ukraine at the seven-day competition and hope to top its own bronze medal success in 2015.

Tyler said: “Ice hockey is my passion and I hope to continue playing for as long as I can but I would also love to open my own gym one day.”