Nine Loughborough students have been included in the latest of wave of GB Hockey selections, continuing the great legacy Loughborough University has of producing international players.
Eight of those students have been named as part of the new GB Women’s Elite Development Group, a new initiative by GB Hockey. Beth Bingham, Hannah Cozens, Ella Cusack, Charlotte Daly, Miriam Pritchard, Lucy Millington and Lizzie Neal have all been rewarded for their recent good form in BUCS and Saturday games for Loughborough Students Union Ladies Hockey Club.
Kick-starting with an induction camp later this month, the programme has been launched as part of a strategic plan for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic cycle, with the aim of developing medal winning Olympians of the future, with the selected athletes having shown their potential to achieve that during a comprehensive selection process.
On the men’s side Nick Page has been named in the GB U21 team travelling to the infamous Sultan of Johor Cup in Malaysia. The tournament, which gets under way on 22nd October, is one of the biggest junior international tournaments on the calendar, so will be a great learning curve for third year Sports Science and Management student Page.
Commenting on the female player’s success Loughborough Women’s Head Coach Brett Holland commented:
We’re overjoyed that the ladies hard work is paying off. We aim to provide the platform for these individuals to flourish with the highest level of coaching, physio, sports science and lifestyle support. The level of commitment and organisation it takes to balance the demands of both their studies and their hockey is high and their efforts should be highly commended.
Of Nick Page’s success, Men’s Head Coach Jerome Goudie added:
It is fantastic news for Nick to be able to represent GB u21s in Malaysia, just reward for his hard work over the summer and at the start of this season. Nick has undoubtedly stepped up a level for the University and this will be another opportunity to gain valuable international experience. We all wish Nick the best of luck in this fantastic tournament, as well as the whole GB u21 squad.