”We all work hard together as a team”
ADRIAN JERVIS. 28-year-old Georgina Farman grew up in Hull on England’s east coast, an unlikely place to start an ice hockey career.
As a child she started going to watch men’s game and liked it so much that she asked her parents if she could play – and she hasn’t stopped since then. From the age of just 16 yrs. Farman has also been playing for the Great Britain team.
And it was whilst playing for the national team that Farman experienced her career highlight when, in 2008, Great Britain won the World Championship. They were competing in the Division III competition and took the gold medal with an overtime goal against Slovenia.
Aged 22, her friend and GB national teammate Katie Henry suggested that Farman move to Sweden and play with her at Norrköping and then joined Linköping’s Division 1 team. When Kim Martin Hansson invited her to join the SDHL squad as a defender for the 2015/6 season, it was like a dream come true,
“I couldn’t have been more happy, but I knew there was a lot of hard work ahead of me”, the Hull born player said.
Farman was the first Brit to take this step, but would blaze a trail for others to follow such as Great Britain’s captain Leanne Ganney (SDE), forward Louisa Durnell and netminder Nicole Jackson (both Gothenburg HC). Farman collected a gold and two silvers in the Swedish national championships during four years at the Östergötland club.
After that she was in the mood for a change and decided to make the move north to Brynäs IF. And in the summer of 2019 the Gävle club made a number of attention-grabbing signings showing they have only one thing in mind – to win the SDHL. The Englishwoman has been reunited with former Linköping teammates, including the sharp shooting Lara Stalder.
But for Farman it is the team effort that is making the difference, “things are going really well at Brynäs. The team is great,” she says,” I think we have a lot of talented players but we all work hard together as a team and that’s what is getting us the points”.
At the time of writing Farman’s Brynäs sit in third place and with their performance so far this season few will be surprised if Farman and company goes all the way and wins their first ever SDHL championship this year.
A Brit On Thin Ice
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