Rising hockey star Emily Newlands hopes a Rowan Boland Memorial Trust grant will put her on the road to Vienna. The Austrian capital will host the European Under 21 Championships this July, and funding of £750 from the Trust will assist 17-year-old Emily cover her costs. The Selkirk High School student said: “I will be travelling to Glasgow to train most weekends ahead of the Championships so this grant will really help towards the costs. “We also have to pay for part of our travel and accommodation costs at the championships so, provided I am selected, the money will also go towards that. “Although it would be great if there were no costs for the players, getting the chance to pull on a Scotland shirt means I don’t mind having to pay my way.” The grant caps a great start to 2014 for Emily, who was named Junior Sports Personality at the Scottish Borders Celebration of Sport Awards last month. She also continues to train with the senior Scotland squad, although she is not expected to make her debut until the Commonwealth Games is completed. Emily played her final game for club Fjordhus Reivers on Saturday, defeating Granite City Wanderers 6-0, before she moves to university after the summer and continues her hockey career. Emily added: “It was emotional on Saturday to finish after four years at the club but I have some great memories and really felt part of a hockey family.” Any young sporting talent in the Scottish Borders can apply for funding from the Rowan Boland Memorial Trust – visit www.rowanbolandmemorialtrust.co.uk
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