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Nurse hopes England will skate to victory in Brazil

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The nation’s summer of sport is not yet over for one nurse from north Essex.

Lucy Rivers will vice-captain England in this autumn’s roller hockey world championships in Brazil.

Ms Rivers, 23, who works on Fordham Ward orthopaedic ward at Colchester General Hospital, got bitten by the hockey bug while skating at the town’s Rollerworld in 2000.

However, she accepts her sport may not have a huge following in the UK, despite being invented in England in 1896.  

“Roller hockey is a much bigger sport overseas, particularly in Latin countries where they have professional teams,” she said.

“I’ve played in front of thousands of people abroad and people ask me for my autograph but the sport isn’t widely recognised here and doesn’t receive any funding from bodies like the National Lottery,” she added.

Ms Rivers, who currently plays at club level for Letchworth, made her England debut at the age of 16 and has played for her country all over the world, including in Japan, Chile, Spain and Portugal.

She will be one of 10 players in the England squad competing in Recife in Brazil later this autumn. There are 16 teams in the tournament, and England is in the same group as the host nation, Spain and South Africa.

Ms Rivers is seeking sponsorship from local businesses to help her pay the £1,800 needed to take part in the week-long tournament in November.

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