GB men’s hockey coach vows to give home fans plenty to cheer
12 July 2012
The Great Britain men’s hockey team were kitted out at the Team GB Loughborough Preparation Camp ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Seven of the 16-man squad are either former Loughborough University students or have played for Loughborough Students, while the coach, Jason Lee, used to be head of hockey at Loughborough.
The players are Richard Smith, Glenn Kirkham, Nicholas Catlin, Iain Lewers, Iain Mackay, Barry Middleton, the GB captain, and Alastair Wilson.
Here’s what they said:
Jason Lee: “We will have a home crowd and, hopefully, we will be able to play in a way that can get the crowd supporting us. It will be a special moment for us and our support.”
Barry Middleton: “We are lucky with hockey that we have come together as Great Britain two or three years before the Olympics. We feel like we have been playing as Great Britain for an extended period, and that has helped us along the way.”
Richard Smith: “We have had some hard weeks and it’s good to really nail down the final elements and taper, and get ourselves ready for what is ahead.”
Glenn Kirkham: “Getting to this point was key. The selection process has been difficult over the last few months. To get to this point, where we know the 16 who are going, and that we know we are actually going to the Olympics…this is really exciting now.”
Nicholas Catlin: “We have got two or three weeks more of hard training and a few matches in preparation before we move into the Village and then the opening ceremony.”
Iain Lewers: “We have all come together and we have had a really intensive programme. We get on really well. Importantly, we have improved, which is the reason why we are here.”
Alastair Wilson: “It has been a long road, lots of training and lots of emotional stress, waiting for selection. But now we are starting to get really excited about it.”