The Peterborough DALROD Phantoms are immensely proud of a young and talented Phantoms Academy member, after a successful medal winning tournament, with the GB roller hockey team.
Luke Clark aged just 15 years has won yet another medal at a top tournament for inline roller hockey. Last year Luke won 2 gold medals and 2 silver medals out in Los Angeles playing for team GB, this year the team took part in the European championships played in Lyon, France.
Playing at a venue that holds 45,000 people and an ice pad the size of a premier league ground didn’t prove a problem for Luke and team GB.
Team GB came up against countries Belgium, Sweden, Italy and the Czech Republic and produced some great results throughout the tournament including beating Belgium 9-0. This game was a record breaker for Luke Clark, setting a new world record for becoming the first netminder (goalie) to record a shutout since the tournament has been running.
After the league games had all been played team GB found themselves playing Sweden for the bronze medal, it was a tough game, after Sweden had beat them 4-1 only the day before. But this time it was team GB that took the medals home winning 4-3.
Luke’s coach commented after the game- “without Luke making some amazing saves in the game we would have been beaten easily, so having Luke in the goal certainly did help us out massively.”
Luke also commented after receiving his bronze medal- “ Winning a medal last year in the USA was unreal, now I have another medal to take home and I couldn’t be prouder of playing for team GB and having all this success. All the training and hard work has paid off and now everything is coming together not just at inline hockey but my ice hockey also.
I would like to thank everyone who has supported me in getting to this point, from coaches, my parents and sponsors. Without these people, I could never have got this far”
Luke’s next tournament is back out to USA again in July and August this time in St Louis playing for Team United Kingdom in the State Wars Tournament. The State Wars Tournament is the biggest in the world with every state of America entering a team as well as many countries from across the world. Luke is playing for 2 teams whilst he is over there, his birth year is 2002 so he will be representing this team as well as playing up an age range into the 2001 team.
If any companies would like to sponsor Luke for the forthcoming season, all Luke needs is £300 to help cover the costs of going to USA. In return, there is room for your company logo to appear on his legs pads that the whole world will see.