The 2012 Lacrosse World Championships are coming up this summer and the University of Birmingham will have two students representing their countries in the Under-19 championships.
Jamie McHarg of Scotland and Dave Nash of Wales will travel to Turku, Finland to compete alongside some of the world’s best junior lacrosse players in the tournament running from June 12-21.
Ahead of selection for his country, Jamie went through an intense 18-month period of training and trials for Lacrosse Scotland, before finally being chosen for a spot in the 27-man squad heading out for the tournament.
His Scottish side have been drawn in the group alongside Korea and The Netherlands and will be looking to advance in the competition.
Meanwhile Dave has been chosen as one of the Welsh team’s captains for the tournament and as such has been training extra hard since being told in February.
For the past year, Dave has been in the gym three times a week with a schedule comprised of squats, jump squats, power cleans and dead-lifts amongst others to help him prepare for the event.
Ahead of travelling to Finland, Dave revealed that he was delighted to be able to represent his country and was looking forward to performing at the prestigious tournament.
“Playing for your country has got to be a dream for everyone involved in sport, so to be given the chance to captain my country out to a World Championship is huge for me. When I started playing Lacrosse three years ago, I never thought I'd get this opportunity, but it shows that with the right training and attitude it's possible to really surprise people.
“I hope to continue playing for Wales after U19 level and although we will be back from the U19 World Championship in Finland in just over a month, my training will still continue in preparation for the senior World Championships in Denver in 2014.”