Ahead of their hockey tour to Malaysia next summer, Edwin Doran wanted to inspire the young players at St Benedicts school with a very special surprise guest…
Fresh from the Olympic field of play Hannah Mcleod visited St Benedicts School on Thursday 1st September, accompanied by her glistening gold medal. This was the first time she had picked up a hockey stick since winning gold in Rio, so the anticipation resonating around the school was understandably high.
Talking fondly of her first personal appearance since triumphing as an Olympian, Hannah Macleod said: “I’m just back from Rio and winning the gold medal with the GB women’s hockey team, so I feel on top of the World, but being able to share this with the next generation of hockey players makes it even more special – we’ve got a fantastic day ahead coaching the girls before they head off on their tour with Edwin Doran, so I can’t wait to pick up my stick again.”
Over the two hour session the girls learnt hints and tips from the Olympic pro which included tips on shuffle penalties – something Hannah noted was the deciding factor in the win against Holland.
Having only expected 15-20 girls to show at the training session, St. Benedicts’ Director of Sport, Nikki Woodroffe was delighted to see over 50 girls participating in the day, and felt that Hannah’s appearance will go a long way to inspiring more girls to take up the sport and join their hockey tour with Edwin Doran next year.