Heriot-Watt student rolls into California to take on world

Josh Scoon in action on the ice

California is perhaps best known for Hollywood, surfing and wine but this summer it will be a field of dreams for a Heriot-Watt student who is taking part in the Junior Olympics.

Josh Scoon, 18, who is studying Chemical Engineering at the University, is jetting off to represent Great Britain at inline roller hockey in the AAU Junior Olympics at Huntington Beach, just south of Los Angeles. His sister Bethany is also competing for GB at the event.

"I'm really looking forward to getting the opportunity to compete against some of the best players and teams in the world, and seeing how well the team and I can do against them."

Josh Scoon

Josh, who is from Kirkcaldy in Fife, has been playing roller hockey since he was seven years old and also plays ice hockey with the Fife Flyers and the Edinburgh Universities teams. He says the California tournament will be the experience of a lifetime:

"I'm really looking forward to getting the opportunity to compete against some of the best players and teams in the world, and seeing how well the team and I can do against them."

The two-week tournament will feature over 250 teams from countries all over the world including China, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, Mexico and Colombia.

The entire GB team is self-funding their trip. Josh is currently raising funds and can be contacted at Js225@hw.ac.uk or via Graeme Scoon on 01592 591292.