In some positive news this week, 12-year-old Kayden Bascombe from Harrow Town Centre has been shortlisted as a finalist for the prestigious (West) Regional Champion of the Year award in the Everyone Active Sporting Champions programme.
Kayden, a former Elmgrove Primary School pupil and rising star in the world of ice hockey, has captured the community’s attention with his exceptional skills and passion for the sport.
Kayden, a proud member of the Slough Jets Ice Hockey Juniors, has consistently demonstrated his prowess on the ice. Playing for the Slough Junior Jets U14 team, he recently achieved a remarkable feat by clinching back-to-back South East League titles with the U12s team.
The journey continued to the National Finals in Cambridge, where Kayden and his team exhibited exceptional teamwork, eventually securing the second position in the country.
The young athlete’s training regime is as rigorous as it gets. Kayden spends countless hours honing his skills at the Slough Ice Arena, attending training sessions twice a week with his team.
Additionally, he enjoys public skating sessions, and basic training at Harrow Leisure Centre. This season, Kayden has moved up to the challenging U14s team, displaying his determination to push his limits and excel at every level.
Kayden draws inspiration from notable figures in the ice hockey world, including Liam Clark, Luke Reynolds, and Head Lukas Smital. Despite facing challenges due to his diagnoses of ADHD and Dyslexia, Kayden remains undeterred. His passion for the game have made him a role model for aspiring athletes facing similar hurdles.
Supporting Kayden’s journey is his mother, Lucy, who expresses immense pride in her son’s achievements. She told Harrow Online: “I am immensely proud of Kayden, very impressed that he has made the short list for Everyone Active Sporting Champions.
“He has improved and pushed himself hard, especially over the last 2 years. Ice hockey is a very fast and intense sport, which requires a lot of commitment, fitness, and physicality – such an extremely fun sport to watch also!
“We are very lucky to have such a supportive club at Slough Jets, full of amazing coaches and families.
“It is exciting to see how fast the sport is growing too.
“The sporting champion scheme supports access for young aspiring athletes to train free of charge – improving fitness and confidence.”
Kayden’s story is a beacon of hope for young athletes in the community, highlighting the importance of programs like the Everyone Active Sporting Champions scheme. This initiative not only recognises talent but also offers essential support, allowing budding athletes like Kayden to train free of charge.
In light of recent events, the entire ice hockey community is in mourning following the tragic loss of Adam Johnson from the Nottingham Panthers. Harrow Online extends its deepest condolences to Adam’s family, friends, and teammates.