West Chiltington’s Maddie Hinch and East Grinstead’s Sophie Bray have been named in women’s hockey squad for Team GB at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Eight of the women’s team who won bronze at London 2012 return with Hannah MacLeod, Georgie Twigg, Laura Unsworth and Nicola White all included while Crista Cullen, Helen and Kate Richardson-Walsh and Alex Danson are set for their third Games appearance.
The rest of the 16-strong squad, including Hinch and Bray are set for their first Olympic experience, however all have plenty of pedigree after helping England claim European Championship gold in London last year.
For the men, Barry Middleton will make his fourth Olympic Games appearance while Ashley Jackson returns for his third Games after appearing at Beijing 2008 and London 2012.
Nick Catlin, Dan Fox, Iain Lewers and Harry Martin also return from the squad who finished fourth in London with ten players set for their Olympic Games debuts.
Team GB Chef de Mission, Mark England, said: “I’m very proud to be able to welcome hockey players from both the men’s and women’s squads to Team GB today.
“In both of these sides there is a blend of Olympic experience and Olympic debutants who have come through in the last four years and who have shown they can compete at the very highest level.
“It’s great to qualify athletes in the team sports, and a tremendous spirit exists across hockey, which has developed and grown during this four year cycle. I’m sure this will stand them in good stead this summer and I’m confident that on their day they can match any team in the world.”
Watch the video at the top of the page for the thoughts of England and Team GB women’s head coach Danny Kerry.
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