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2017 Tilly King
Tilly King

Sport

Roller Hockey

Achievements to date

  • 2017 - Played for England in the European U17s
  • 2017 - Selected as reserve GK for England in the World Champs, China
  • 2017 - Maidstone RHC Most Improved Player
  • 2016 - Selected for England Ladies training programme
  • 2016 - Kent League winner with Maidstone RHC

I’m an 18 year old Roller Hockey Goalkeeper for Maidstone Roller Hockey Club. I am autistic, which was only recently diagnosed, meaning I have had a lot of problems over the years especially in school. Roller Hockey has really helped with my moods and especially my anger.

I started playing in 2011 after my mum took me roller skating, I was hooked and had seen the seniors training. I had only just recovered from a severe break in my arm after falling off a skateboard 9 months earlier!

In 2011 I started off as an outfielder, I was pretty good so when I asked to try out in goal I wasn’t allowed for ages. Once I got into my goal in 2013 I was obsessed, saving balls with my helmet is my favourite…

Another club asked me to travel to Portugal with them in April 2014; whilst there I also played for Lisbon Ladies and was asked to move to Portugal to train and play with them permanently! In 2015, I tried out at National training, this was once a month in Peterborough on Saturdays. I started at lLevel 1 and once I’d finished the 3 hour session I was immediately asked to stay a further 3 hours and take part in Level 3. After a year I had progressed to Level 5 and was invited to England Ladies training which is the same weekend, but on Sunday.

I’m affectionately known as the ‘half blind goalkeeper’ due to the special Irlen Filters I wear – these are special glasses, tinted to my specification and enable me to see the ball whilst playing Roller Hockey, without them I struggle with visual perception, this has also impacted on many parts of my life.

I’m currently studying L3 Sports Science at Mid-Kent College, I am in my first year and really enjoying my course, I passed Level 2 last year and also hold a Level 2 in Animal Management. I help coach our junior team on Tuesdays as I am a Level 3 Roller Hockey Coach and I am also playing for Farnham as a second claim.

Most memorable sporting achievement to date

Playing for England Ladies in the European U17, in Germany December 2017.

Biggest sporting disappointment to date

Not saving a goal that bounced off the ceiling and over my head into the goal, the goal should have been disallowed!

Most respected sportsperson

None in particular.

Ritual before sporting competition

I wear certain clothes for tournaments and I have to touch both sides of the goal cage with my hands before setting myself up in goal.

Tilly King

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