Joel receives GB call-up

Joel Leighton water polo player from Hope Valley College
Joel Leighton water polo player from Hope Valley College
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A HOPE Valley teenager is hoping to make a splash on the international stage after being picked to represent Great Britain at water polo.

Joel Leighton, from Bamford, has been selected for the Great Britain water polo team for boys born in 1996 and later.

This means the Hope Valley College pupil will travel with the GB squad to compete in the Ukraine later this year.

Joel’s mum Pippa Jones said: “We were not expecting Joel to make such rapid progress within the squads, and we certainly didn’t expect this.

“He is surprised and very excited, but has worked very hard and will now need to work even harder in preparation for the event.”

Last year, Joel was selected to attend the Regional Training Centre for Water Polo, which is where the most talented athletes in the age groups born between 1995 and 1998 get together and train in preparation for the National Academy.