By Rob Stevens BBC Sport 20 Jul From the section Hockey Share this with Digg Facebook Google LinkedIn Reddit StumbleUpon Twitter Copy this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/hockey/44891414 Read more about sharing. Olympic gold medallist Kate Richardson-Walsh has been appointed as joint-head coach of Hampstead & Westminster Ladies' first XI.The 38-year-old captained Great Britain women to a historic first Olympic hockey gold in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.Hampstead & Westminster narrowly missed out on promotion to the top flight of the Women's Hockey League last season."I was waiting for the right opportunity and a club I thought I could grow at," she told BBC Sport."With all the things I want to learn and people there to work with, this was the perfect opportunity."England's McCallin on 'brutal' concussionEight Olympic champions in England World Cup squadWomen's World Cup … [Read more...] about Kate Richardson-Walsh: Olympic gold medallist to coach Hampstead & Westminster Ladies
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OLYMPIC gold medallist diver Chris Mears returned to his former school last week to unveil a plaque recognising his achievements at Rio 2016. Mears, who attended The Willink School, Burghfield Common, from 2004 to 2009, thanked those who helped him with his development and asked that current students continue to receive the “incredible support” that he had. The athlete, who grew up in the village, but now lives and trains in Leeds, competed in the 3m synchronised event with Jack Laugher, and together they claimed Britain’s first Olympic gold medal for diving. The pair also won silver in the same event at the Diving World Cup in China earlier this month. The plaque, donated and produced by Burghfield Parish Council, was suggested by Penny Kent, one of Mears’ former teachers. The event was attended by West Berkshire Council’s chairwoman Carol Jackson-Doerge (Con, Burghfield) and former district councillorRoyce Longton, along with teachers past and … [Read more...] about Olympic gold medallist Chris Mears goes back to school
There’s probably no greater honour in sport than having your achievements recognised and rewarded by a fellow athlete who has succeeded at the highest level. That’s exactly what happened when Olympic gold medallist Sam Quek, who featured for Great Britain in Rio, presented Pendle Forest’s all-conquering first team with the Investec England Hockey Women’s Team of the Year.Quek, who was nominated as the player of the match in the final against World champions Netherlands at the Games in 2016, dished out the silverware and interviewed manager Scott Hornby, captain Dani Hornby and leading scorer Charlotte Hartley during the ceremony.A total of 33 members of the club attended the national awards at The Athena in Leicester to witness the team scoop the top prize on the night and they were joined on their table by Commonwealth bronze medallist Ellie Rayer and England Hockey development director Rich Beer.Forest, who were nominated for the accolade last season, were … [Read more...] about Olympic gold medallist presents Pendle Forest stars with top honour!
10 Apr From the section Rowing Share this with Digg Facebook Google LinkedIn Reddit StumbleUpon Twitter Copy this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rowing/43714229 Read more about sharing. Triple Olympic gold medallist Pete Reed has announced his retirement from international rowing.The 36-year-old had been training for the Tokyo Games in 2020 but said he "had to be realistic".Reed won gold at three successive Olympic Games - Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016 - as well as at five World Rowing Championships."I am disappointed that I will not be able to go for a fourth consecutive gold medal," he said. "To be able to travel the world, competing in a sport that I love, alongside such hard working and inspirational team-mates has been incredible."I wish I could carry on in our wonderful sport forever but, looking back, I have absolutely no regrets. "I have to be realistic; training and … [Read more...] about Pete Reed: Triple Olympic gold medallist rower retires
Gold star The 29-year-old hockey goalkeeper helped Great Britain win gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics MADDIE HINCH is set to stand between the posts for England again as they look to better their Commonwealth Games silver medal from Glasgow 2014. Hinch is the current World Number One female goalkeeper and has over 100 caps for England and Great Britain. Who is Maddie Hinch? HINCH starting playing hockey at school and despite being initially unkeen on the sport, she decided to preserve. After winning a Youth Olympic medal in the sport, she made her debut for Great Britain in 2008. In 2012, Hinch was gutted to miss out on a place in the Great Britain Olympic squad. England won a silver medal at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and went on to earn her place in the British squad for the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Most read in sport WILKINS DEAD England legend Ray Wilkins dies aged 61 after heart attack BY HIS SIDE Who is Ray Wilkins' wife Jackie, when did she … [Read more...] about Who is Maddie Hinch? England goalkeeper and Olympic gold medallist is heading to the Commonwealth Games