AN ICE hockey star has been recognised as one of the best in Britain.

Emma Lamberton, 16, was named in the Great Britain under-18 women's squad at the end of last month.

It was a huge moment for Emma and her family, and the talented teen was hailed by her current club side - North Ayrshire Wild.

Emma has only ever played with North Ayrshire since taking up the sport - having first attended a game aged just three.

Coming through all the age levels at North Ayrshire of ‘Learn to Play’, she regularly contributes at these sessions now and has inspired, as well as encouraged more girls into the club.

Emma has been no stranger to international recognition while at North Ayrshire also - having been called up to the GB under 16 side earlier this year.

Though this latest call-up is testiment to how she costantly strives to improve her game.

Congratulating their player, North Ayrshire Wild hailed the "inspiring" Emma following her international nod.

They said: "There comes a time in everyone's life where they do something that makes them stand out from the crowd, that special act of kindness or achieving an accolade or recognition for your hard work or efforts.

"Everyone associated with North Ayrshire Ice Hockey Club would like to recognise one of our players for their hard work, effort, team spirit and all round determination for what they have just achieved.

"Ladies and gentlemen, please give a massive round of applause to Emma Lamberton for her recent achievement of being named in the women's u18s Great Britain Ice Hockey Team.

"Emma has been with the club from a very young age at the Ducks team and has progressed through the club teams to now playing u19s league Hockey.

"Emma is an absolute credit, not only to herself, but to parents Jamie and Dawn as well as her older siblings Gary and Chloe, this is coupled with also being inspirational to the younger female players at the club.

"Keep being you Emma and keep working as hard as you do, we are all supporting you."