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May 29, 2020

Get Inspired: Stay on top of your game during the festive season

Hockey Wales’ Natasha Marke-Jones, gives her top tips to surviving the Christmas season…

Twenty-five year old Natasha Marke-Jones from Bridgend is one of Wales’ leading hockey players, with nearly 40 caps for her country, as well as playing for Swansea City in the Investec Hockey League. She is also an International Athlete Ambassador for Hockey Wales and self-proclaimed food addict!

Christmas is often a tricky time of year for athletes to stay on track with their training, with parties and mince pies galore, but Natasha is on hand with five easy steps to enjoy and not over indulge this holiday season…

TRY not to over-indulge this [...]
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May 29, 2020

Fresh start for hockey in Ireland

The expanded Irish Hockey League that gets underway on Saturday feels like a fresh start for the local game.

For the first time, 10 men’s and 10 women’s teams will compete in 18 rounds of matches to earn a place at the Champions Trophy weekend where the Irish champions will be crowned.

The new full-season Hockey League mirrors the domestic league structures in hockey powerhouses such as Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands with its main aim to provide an high level of [...]

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May 28, 2020

Sam Quek: Female athletes should be able to look good without being sexualised

Great Britain’s women won a first ever Olympic hockey gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games

Sam Quek was part of the Great Britain women’s hockey team that won gold at the Rio Olympics in 2016. Here she talks about the challenges that women face in the media’s portrayal of female athletes on and off the field.

Name: Sam Quek. Age: 27. Occupation: Swimwear model.

Are you kidding me?

My partner collected all the newspapers from when we were out in Rio at the Olympics. Every bit in which the hockey girls were mentioned, he’d cut it out. Before the final, one paper did a bio on each player: name, age, [...]

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May 28, 2020

Rio 2016: Great Britain and Northern Ireland’s Olympic team

Natalie Powell shows off her moves after earning selection in the GB judo squad

A total of 366 athletes will compete for Great Britain and Northern Ireland at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

While significantly smaller than the 542-strong contingent at London 2012, it is the biggest squad sent to an ‘away’ Olympics since Barcelona 1992.

Great Britain won 29 golds, and 65 medals, on home soil four years ago.

UK Sport – which funds elite sport in Great Britain – has set Team GB a target of 48 medals for 2016, but believes the final tally could be as high as 79.

Archers Patrick Huston and Naomi Folkard will be [...]

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