Letchworth’s Bush honoured as she targets football gold at the XXIV Deaflympics
PUBLISHED: 16:27 14 June 2017 | UPDATED: 16:27 14 June 2017
A young footballer from Letchworth is “excited and honoured” after selection for the Deaflympics.
Alex Bush has been selected for the competition which starts next month in Turkey.
And the 19-year-old could not hide her excitment as she spoke to the Comet ahead of the event.
“I found out through a letter from the manager,” she explained. “I was shocked as the competition for a place in the squad was high this year, but I was also very happy and excited.”
Bush, who has been targetting a place in the squad, added: “I feel honoured to be selected to play for Great Britain, it is a huge achievement and I am very lucky to have the opportunity.”
It will be the 23rd running of the Deaflympics and will see an array of sports from football to shooting.
It is the oldest international sporting event for disabled people, having been run every four years since 1924, and this year will be centered on Samsun in Turkey.
“It is a huge event, everyone is excited,” confirmed Bush who started her journey to the GB squad at her local football team; Letchworth Garden City Eagles.
“I’ve been playing football since I was six,” she said. “My brother was playing in a soccer school at Letchworth Eagles and I wanted to join too so in the following years I joined a boys team at the Eagles.
“I started playing for a boys team until I was 10 and then joined the girls. Now I play for the Ladies team.
“It is a great club to be apart of.
“My family and friends have been very supportive, including making donations to get me into the place where I am today.
“My parents have always been encouraging and have taken me all over the country for my football, which takes a lot of commitment.
“The Eagles family have made people aware of the GB team and the Letchworth Garden City heritage foundation have provided me with funding to assist me with travelling and equipment.”
Last year the team came third in the Deaf World Cup, finishing just behind USA and Russia.
If GB are to get gold this time they will have to get past Russia as well as Brazil, China, Poland and the hosts Turkey.
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