Laura Unsworth MBE
Team GB Hockey Player
Laura graduated from Loughborough University with a BSc degree in Accounting and Financial Management in 2013.
She was recognised for her contribution and achievement in both university and world-class sport with a Loughborough University Distinguished Alumni Award in 2016.
Here, Laura Unsworth's journey is outlined.
Laura took up the sport of Hockey aged 11 in Sutton Coldfield where she grew up. As a talented sportswoman, Laura enrolled at Loughborough University in 2006 where she studied Accounting and Financial Management within the School of Business and Economics. After inclusion into the Great Britain side whilst in her third year, Laura put her studies on hold with the support of the University, in order to prepare for the 2010 World Cup and the 2012 Olympics.
Spending three years in the build-up to the London 2012 Olympic Games at Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre, where Women’s Hockey and Team GB Hockey are based, Laura was part of the team that came third in the 2010 World Cup and then went on to win Bronze 2 years later at the London Olympics, exactly 20 years after the last Women’s Hockey medal in Barcelona, 1992. Following this outstanding achievement, Laura came back to Loughborough to complete her degree in 2013.
Following her graduation, Laura continued training and competing with the England Team and Great Britain with an eye to the Rio Games in 2016, whilst also participating in local charity activities.
Determined to better the team’s success at London, Laura and Team GB went on to take Gold in the thrilling final against the Netherlands in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Adding to her Olympic successes, Laura has also won Silver and Gold medals at the 2014 and 2016 Commonwealth Games respectively, and at the European Championships she was part of the Gold medal-winning team in 2015.
In 2017, as part of the Queen’s Honours List, Laura and her fellow teammates were each awarded an MBE for services to British sport. She is now back at Bisham Abbey, focussed on training for the up-coming World Cup and for the 2020 Toyko Olympic Games.