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A WELSH Ambulance Service worker will be taking to the hockey pitch to captain Wales in the upcoming 35–40-year-olds World Cup, in Nottingham.

Cath Fuge, 39, a paramedic for the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team (HART), based in Swansea will start her competition today.

After the pandemic and rupturing her patella tendon in 2020 hindered her training, Cath is ready to play, potentially, her last competition.

She said: “I was off work for four to five months after my injury, but I focused on my rehab, and I was back training in under a year.

“I played the home nations last year, and I’ve just been trying to build on that.

“I count myself quite lucky, that I’m back up and running.”

Cath started working for the Trust as an Emergency Medical Technician 16 years ago, joining HART in 2012.

She said: “In HART, we train together if we can, and I really like that team environment.

“Sport and fitness in general have been good for me.”

Cath who usually plays in the position of centre midfield (CM), will be starting the tournament for Wales against Scotland.

“I play different positions, but I usually play CM as I’m an attacking player.

“I’m nervous but also really excited.

“When we played the home nations recently, I was playing against Olympic players.”

The 2022 World Cup in Nottingham will be taking place from 12 to 21 August.

Cath said: “It’s going to be huge; I think there is fifty teams coming over.

“Wales are always the underdogs.

“On Saturday it will be Wales against England, which is always a big match.

“I’m very honoured to keep the captaincy for this year and I can’t wait.”

Cath will be supported by her partner, mum, and dad, along with other family and friends.

You can keep up to date with Cath and the Welsh team’s progress here.

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