Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
+44 (0)1509 263171
Loughborough University

London 2012 Games

Our athletes

Richard Smith
Richard Smith
BSc Sports Science and Maths & MSc Business Analysis and Management
190cm / 6ft 2in

Before Hockey came along, I was lined up to be the next John Terry, my bank balance wonders whether I made the right choice!

  • Q How did you get started?

    A I started playing when I was 12 when some local hockey players came to visit my school, so I joined the City of Portsmouth Hockey Club.

  • Q What has been the highlight of your career so far?

    A I was on the team that won the European Championships in 2009. We beat Germany who were the Olympic champions at the time.

  • Q What is your training schedule?

    A I train for about 20 hours a week. This includes gym based training, pitch based technical sessions, running and yoga.

  • Q What's your diet on an average day?

    A I always have to make sure I eat enough eggs, meat, fruit, veg and carbs.

  • Q What are your hobbies away from sport?

    A You invariably socialise with people from your sport so they are on a similar training schedule and when you get the chance to socialise you can do so together.

  • Q Who is your sporting hero?

    A Sir Steve Redgrave.

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