A golden debut - Zoe Bonar



After gaining my spot on the 2019 Team GB Ladies squad, I was invited to play for the Lionesses. Jumping on for round 3 of CPPS (the Valken Cup), we managed to smash our way to 1st place.

Having played the previous season of CPPS under Plumlife Edinburgh and grabbing the 3rd place trophy for the 4th round, I was hungry for another podium. Sadly the Scottish team decided to step out for the 2019 season and I had been left with an itch only paintball could scratch.

Trying out for Team GB was the beginning. I am luckily enough to have a few seasons of experience under my podpack and was confident after the tryouts. The team list came out and I was overjoyed, and I knew I needed to be back on the field as soon as possible! Alongside making the team the tryouts gave me the opportunity to meet a new group of female paintballers.

Obviously I had heard about the Lionesses through the grapevine and around the paintball scene and was a bit nervous about just jumping onto a team mid-season. Any nerves were immediately thwarted by the amazing atmosphere given off by the members of the team. Possibly one of the most welcoming teams I’ve ever had the pleasure of joining, walking into the pits on that first day with the team was incredibly heartwarming.

Once any introductions and hugs were done, as well as the mornings tasks of setting up we got started for the day, and what better way to do it by winning our first 2 games? After that we sadly took 2 losses, but once we screwed our heads on, dialled our shots in and smashed the rest of the day. 8 wins on the bounce, all the way to the top of the podium!

Not only was this my 1st time playing for the Lionesses, but it was also my 1st podium topping event in my paintball career. I couldn’t have asked for a better event, a better team or a better day of paintball to make those memories. I truly felt part of the team after just one point and by the end of the day I knew I had made friends and memories for life.

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