There’s a buzz over Beeston’s gold medallist
BEESTON HC teased us all last week when they revealed they would be welcoming an Olympic gold medallist to the club. A hockey winner you say? That’s so old hat. Etienne Stott, who won C2 canoe slalom gold at London 2012, has returned to the sport after 20 years out, the news coming to light after his name stuck out from a new batch of membership applications.
Stott began his first training session last week and admitted to waking up to a “new level of DOMS (muscle soreness) from a hockey thrashing. Although I was terrible, I did actually remember a few things!” That no doubt included passing rather than paddling.
THE oldest recorded match debate, which we reported on last week here, can now be put to bed.
The Hockey Museum has confirmed that the oldest match between two clubs was played on 7 November 1874 between Richmond and Teddington, but that it could be “disproved” in time.
TEAM GB women athletes’ success has seen an upsurge in teenage girls taking up sport – although hockey is fourth most popular. Seventy-five per cent of girls aged 15 and 16 are now playing sport at school, says a Childwise survey, compared with only 50 per cent in 2015.
Netball is the most popular school sport for girls aged 11 to 16, with 57 per cent of all girls playing, followed by athletics, badminton and then hockey.
MEANWHILE, hockey has seen a 5.10% year-on-year participation increase, according to Sport England figures up until September 2016. Over 92,000 weekly participants are aged 16 and over, however this represents a 1.27% drop from ten years ago.
CONGRATULATIONS to two stalwarts of Irish hockey who passed important milestones recently. Ronan Gormley has become the most capped Irish player, male or female, of all time on 250 caps while Bangor man, Chris Cargo, topped 150 while in Spain.
“To be honest I never expected to win one cap,” said Cargo, who is now looking forward to a home competition in Belfast when Stormont hosts the World League 2 event next month.
We’ve all heard of Stormont of course, as the home of the Northern Ireland Assembly, but it is also the well appointed hockey home of the NI Civil Service. Should, as they say, be a cracker!
Returning: Etienne Stott