10 November 2017

GWCT student wins silver with Great Britain hockey team

Chris Wyver

A PLACEMENT student at the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust in Fordingbridge scooped a silver medal with Great Britain’s Under 21s’ hockey team.

Chris Wyver, a Reading University undergraduate studying a BSc in environmental management, represented his nation as a goalkeeper in the Sultan of Johor Cup in Malaysia.

He helped his side win their five pool games against hosts Malaysia, USA, India, Australia and Japan before narrowly losing in the final to Australia 2-0.

Speaking about last month’s tournament, Chris said: “It is always an honour to represent my country, and I look forward to meeting up with the team and putting in good performances. I’ve been involved for a few years now but this has been the most enjoyable tournament.”

Off the pitch, Chris is on a one-year placement, as part of his degree, with the Trust’s farmland ecology department.

He joined at the start of September and is currently learning about the effects of farming practices on invertebrates and their ID.

The 21-year-old added: “The placement is brilliant!

“It has been challenging balancing hockey and the placement but everyone has been so helpful and this has really helped me push on in both roles!”

Photocaption - Chris Wyver, goalkeeper, high fives his teammate.

Notes to editors

The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust – providing research-led conservation for a thriving countryside. The GWCT is an independent wildlife conservation charity which has carried out scientific research into Britain’s game and wildlife since the 1930s. We advise farmers and landowners on improving wildlife habitats. We employ 22 post-doctoral scientists and 50 other research staff with expertise in areas such as birds, insects, mammals, farming, fish and statistics. We undertake our own research as well as projects funded by contract and grant-aid from Government and private bodies. The Trust is also responsible for a number of Government Biodiversity Action Plan species and is lead partner for grey partridge and joint lead partner for brown hare and black grouse.

ISDN radio broadcast line – at our Fordingbridge HQ we have an ISDN radio broadcast line, allowing us to conduct interviews remotely.

For information, contact:
Kate Williams
Telephone: 01425 651000
Email: press@gwct.org.uk

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