St Albans vice captain leads team to pick up underwater hockey bronze medal (From St Albans & Harpenden Review)
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St Albans vice captain leads team to pick up underwater hockey bronze medal at world championships
A St Albans teacher helped lead her underwater hockey team to a bronze medal at the World Championships last weekend.
Vicky Risianova, a design technology teacher at St Columba’s College, in King Harry Lane, is vice captain of the British team.
The finals of the Underwater Hockey World Championships took place on August 31, in Eger, Hungary.
The first world championships were in 1980, and this year’s were the largest single underwater hockey event ever staged, with 68 teams from 17 countries. The GB Ladies Masters qualified for play off for 3rd position against Colombia, winning the game in the last 36 seconds, leading to a bronze medal.
The British Navy invented underwater hockey in the 1950's to keep their divers fit and to improve their ability to move and work efficiently under water.
Underwater hockey is played in a 25 metre x 15 metre pool that is between 2 metres and 4 metres deep.
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