Easi-RockIts Hannah Smith has received an invitation to participate in a prestigious new VX tournament. The tournament is being launched by the Yorkshire & Humber VX region to commemorate Kieren 'Beefy' Blake's globetrotting odyssey, 365 sports in 365 days.
The first tournament will take place on March 16th in Harrogate with Beefy as guest of honour as he visits VX as part of his odyssey. The tournament will be contested by specially invited top players and will become an annual event with invitations later to include players from other parts of England as the tournament grows.
For this year, eight of the very top players have been invited and one of those is Easi-RockIts' 14-year old Hannah Smith! When set against the other invited players this shows how highly Hannah is rated by the VX community - all of the other players are world ranked adult male players in their 20s, including reigning World Champion Scott Snowdon and runner-up Carl Alsop. For Hannah to be included in this line-up as the only female and the only player under 20 is a massive honour and a massive compliment to her ability.
Hannah's coach, Paul Hildreth, said: "To be invited as one of the competitors in this tournament is a great compliment to Hannah and it will be a fantastic help in her development. She will be going in there to learn and to compete and I think she will surprise a few people. This will work as a very good warm up for her as she has the Youth V2 national finals a few days later."
Hannah has been playing VX for just over two years but has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the sport. In that time she has won local junior and youth V2 titles, was junior national V2 champion 2015 and has represented England Youth twice. This season she will be playing for HellFighters in the regional VX league.
Hannah herself said she was excited about the prospect: "I'm really looking forward to this and can't believe I've been invited to take part. I already train with some of these players so I know what I am up against. This will be the toughest competition I've played in and I can't wait!"