The Great Britain team that participate in the IIHF In-Line World Championships is an independent body established to operate for the sole purpose of operating a team at the World Championships and developing talent for future entries. The team survives on funding from sponsorship, volunteer staff and player contributions and prides itself on presenting a professional image on and off the rink.
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IIHF In-Line World Championships
The IIHF In-Line World Championships truly are the ultimate test in In-Line hockey. Organised by the International Ice Hockey Federation ( www.iihf.com ), the world's governing body for ice hockey, the inline Championships have taken place annually since 1996 and the standard just gets better every year.
Featuring sixteen international teams from all over the world split into an Elite Division and Division One, the tournament is renowned as the one of the most well planned and most heavily sponsored in-line events in the world calendar.
Competing nations regularly line-up with players from the world of professional ice hockey as well as the cream of inline hockey players. The level of inline hockey on show is in some senses simply staggering. Even superstar players from North America 's Professional Ice Hockey League, the NHL have made appearances at the event including Edmonton Oiler and NHL All Star Ales Hemsky.
Great Britain have won two gold medals in Division One of the tournament ranking 9th in the World in 2004, 2006 and narrowly missed out on promotion to the elite division of eight in 2007. In 2008 GB are a team on the brink of promotion to the Elite Group and the performance of the team is credit to the dedication of the young athletes who have worn the jersey.
Team GB Coaching and Management
Andrew Sillitoe, Head Coach
Thirty-three year old Sillitoe has one of the most recognisable names in the British Inline Hockey scene. Having taken up playing the game at the age of 6, Sillitoe has won every award there is to win in club hockey as a player and has represented Great Britain in every IIHF In-Line World Championship since 2002. As a coach Andrew has been the head instructor for Lets Get Rolling and more recently RHUK and has coached junior and senior inline hockey teams since 1987. Andrew became GB Head Coach in September 2006 taking over from Mark Cavallin, winning the gold medal in Budapest as player/coach and moved to the role of head coach in 2010.
René Ross, Team Manager
Rene has been involved in hockey for over 20 years and currently referees ice hockey, he has also refereed at 5 inline world championships and in 2008 started helpling out with the team, in 2009 René acted as the Team Manager and in 2010 took over the role full time. His main job is to act as Ice Hockey UK representative on the team management side and he liasie's with the international governing body the IIHF
John Crawley, Equipment Manager
Robyn Cribben, Team Physio
Michelle Ross , Team Secretary