Photograph courtesy of Frank Uijlenbroek / Great Britain Hockey
Loughborough hockey players receive Team GB call up
18 May 2012
Three former Loughborough Students’ Hockey Club players have been selected by Team GB for the London 2012 Games.
University graduate Hannah Macleod, student Laura Unsworth and Nicola White who studies at Loughborough College, are all in the squad of 16 announced by the British Olympic Association at the London Stock Exchange.
The Great Britain women’s hockey team has made steady progress in the build up to the Games and will be looking to improve on their sixth place finish at the last Olympics in Beijing.
The team won the London Prepares test event at the Riverbank Arena in the Olympic Park earlier this month; beating World Champions Argentina in the final.
This followed the team reaching their first ever Champions Trophy final in February, losing to 1-0 against Argentina.
The team is coached by Loughborough University graduate Danny Kerry. Speaking at the announcement he said:
"Words cannot describe how difficult it has been to make the final decision in selecting this squad. Since we centralised our training programme in late 2009, our process has been continuous, making it our most thorough and exhaustive ever.
"We have chosen what we feel is the best combination of players for the challenges of the Olympic Games. Each and every one of the 28 athletes in the training group has committed so much and as a result we have the most powerful squad spirit I have ever known.
"I want to offer my congratulations to those that have been selected who I know will do our squad proud in London. I also want to offer my most heartfelt commiserations to those that have not been selected – they have given everything."
Speaking about her selection Laura Unsworth said:
"I'm delighted to be selected for the GB Team for the London 2012 Olympic Games. It is an honour to be playing, especially in front of our home crowd, and we hope to make everyone proud. I would like to thank Loughborough University for the support they have given me in helping me realise my dream."
Jerome Goudie, Women's Hockey Coach at Loughborough University, said:
“We are thrilled that so many players who are or have been based at Loughborough have made it in to the squad. It is testament to the wonderful hockey environment here and our support for talented players. We would like to wish Hannah, Laura and Nic, as well as the rest of the squad the best of the luck for the Games.”
Hockey will be played over 14 days of non-stop competition at London 2012 from Sunday 29 July – Saturday 11 August 2012.
Both the men’s and women’s hockey competitions will begin with a preliminary phase: the 12 teams in each event will be divided into two pools of six, and each team will play every other team in their pool. The two best teams in each pool will qualify for the semi-finals, the winners of which will go head-to-head for the gold.