Ruby’s GB trial

DOWNEND School pupil Ruby Mathias has been to a trial for the GB national team for the racquet sport padel.

Ruby visited the Great Britain training venue at We Are Padel in Derby for a junior camp in December, having been selected by the national team with input from padel clubs where she has competed.

The selection included around five hours of drills and meeting members of the GB teams.

Ruby’s dad Stuart said: “The GB coaches were fantastic and supportive but also explained the massive amount of discipline that needed to be shown.

“Ruby played extremely well, even though she twisted her ankle in the warm up.

“Her Bandeja ‘smash’ beat many a player on the day, and strong serving and returns impressed the coaches.”

The Year 7 pupil and her family are now waiting to hear if she has been selected.