Attride scoops medal on UK debut

MEDAL DELIGHT: Lauren
MEDAL DELIGHT: Lauren

Bury St Edmunds tchoukball player Lauren Attride was left celebrating this week after helping the UK team to a bronze medal at the European Tchoukball Championships.

Having reached the semi-finals, the UK came agonisingly close to setting up a showdown with eventual winner Switzerland but lost out to Italy by a single point having led for much of the match.

But despite the disappointment, the team picked themselves up to overcome home nation Germany in the bronze medal play-off to leave Attride delighted.

“It was brilliant, to get a bronze medal in my first ever international tournament is such an awesome experience,” said the 26-year-old.

“We led the whole match against Italy so it was disappointing not make the final, but we fully deserved to at least get the bronze after the way we had played throughout the tournament.”

Attride was not the only Bury St Edmunds representative in Germany as three members of the Bury Kings, Ian Parker, Ben Wallace and player coach Martin Cates, were among the UK men’s squad.

But it proved a less successful tournament for the trio as they failed to reach the semi-finals following defeats to Switzerland and Germany.

After being put through into the fifth to eighth place competition, UK beat Poland but could not overcome Czech Republic as they slipped to defeat in the fifth place play-off encounter.

The foursome will now be targeting a place in the squads for the World Championships in Taiwan with trials under a month away.