Newark's Jodie Bloom believes GB's Olympic ice hockey squad can perform on home soil as qualifiers loom
Jodie Bloom believes the Great Britain team has a very good chance of winning qualification to the 2022 Winter Olympics.
The Newark ice hockey star, who is set to feature in round two of GB’s Olympic pre-qualification fixtures, talked up the quality of her team-mates as she targeted further success.
GB will face Iceland, Slovenia and Korea in Nottingham from October 7 until October 10.
The group winners will qualify for November’s final qualification tournament ahead of the Beijing games.
The matches were due to take place in Gangneung but the location was moved as the South Korean government was unable to host due to coronavirus restrictions.
“I am so excited for the qualifiers, with it being on home ice, it gives us that extra advantage of a training camp beforehand, plus the support of a home crowd,” said Bloom.
“I’m lucky to have played six games already so I’m feeling fresh and ready to go.
“The team is definitely something special this year; we have a brand new set of coaches, players who have come back after a few years away, some fantastic young players making their debut, along with the core of the team from the last tournament.
“The coaches have said that we are a fast and fit team.
“We will beat teams in areas that we have struggled before and I’m very excited to see what we can do on the big stage.”
Bloom also touched on her personal goals as well as the team’s ambitions ahead of next month’s fixtures.
“I will be a leader of the team playing alongside two of my Solihull team-mates so I expect us to score some goals seeing as the three of us were top-point scorers in the league before covid,” she said.
“We work very well together and don’t have to think about anything when we are together.
“For the team; honestly, I believe we have a very good chance of winning this tournament and going through to the next round, which will be tough but we haven’t played at that level, only against a couple of teams in that round, but we would give it everything to be able to compete at the higher level.”
Head coach Mike Clancy said: “Make no mistake about it, this was a tough roster to select and many high-quality players have not made the squad.
“Playing for your country is the highest honour and this being an Olympic competition makes it that extra bit special.”