Hannah Louise Macleod, is an English field hockey player. Macleod began her youth career at St Ives Hockey Club and rose up the ranks to play for their first team, she went on to play club hockey for St Albans and Loughborough Students. She made her international debut in 2003, she competed for the Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Olympics. In October 2012, the Olympic medals of Macleod and Alex Partridge were stolen along with their jackets during a night at Mahiki in London; the stolen medal was recovered when it was sent anonymously by mail to the headquarters of England Hockey. In the 2016 Summer Olympics, Macleod played for the GB field hockey team again; the team won the gold medal. Hannah Macleod at the International Hockey Federation Hannah Macleod at the International Olympic Committee
Laura Unsworth, is an English international field hockey player who plays as a midfielder or defender for England and Great Britain. Unsworth attended Coppice Primary School, Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls and University of Loughborough, she plays club hockey in the Investec Women's Hockey League Premier Division for East Grinstead. Unsworth made her international debut in 2008 and was part of the Great Britain teams that won the gold medal at the 2016 Olympics and bronze at the 2012 Summer Olympics, she has competed for England at the Europeans winning 2 bronze, a silver and most a Gold in London in 2015. She competed for England at the Commonwealth Games, securing bronze and silver at the 2010 and 2014, she has played for Holcombe and Sutton Coldfield. Laura Unsworth at the International Hockey Federation Laura Unsworth at the International Olympic Committee
Nicola White, is an English international field hockey player who plays as a forward for England and Great Britain. She plays club hockey in the Investec Women's Hockey League Premier Division for Holcombe. White won a gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games and a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympic GamesAfter making her International debut for England in May 2009, White has won silver at the Champions Trophy and bronze medals at the World Cup and European competitions, she was born in Shaw and Crompton, began playing hockey at the age of 7 at school and started her club hockey at Saddleworth HC and is now playing for Holcombe HC in the Premier Division. In addition to her sporting accolades, she completed her Sports Science Degree at Loughborough College in 2013 and attended Oldham Hulme Grammar School through primary and secondary education Media related to Nicola White at Wikimedia Commons
Helen Richardson-Walsh, is an English hockey player who plays as a midfielder. She has been a member of both the England and the Great Britain women's field hockey teams since 1999, was a member of the Great Britain team that won gold at the 2016 Summer Olympics. Helen Richardson was born in Hitchin and grew up in Nottingham with her 3 older brothers, she began playing hockey at a young age. She attended Uphill Primary school in Weston Super-Mare before returning to her home city of Nottingham where she attended West Bridgford School and South Nottingham College. Richardson-Walsh started a degree course in Human Biology at Aston University in 2000 but did not complete the course. Richardson-Walsh achieved 293 international caps for England and Great Britain, making her at the point of her retirement, the 5th most capped GB player in the history of the women's game, she represented Great Britain at the Sydney, Beijing and Rio Olympic Games. Career highlights include an Olympic Gold and Bronze medal, European Gold medal, World Cup Bronze medal, Champions Trophy and Commonwealth Games Silver medals.
Richardson-Walsh won her first England cap in 1999, at the age of 17. At age 18 she was a member of the Great Britain team at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, becoming the youngest female hockey player to represent Great Britain at an Olympic Games. Richardson was a member of the silver medal-winning England team at the 2002 Commonwealth Games. After the 2002 World Cup she underwent three operations on her ankle, returning to the sport in 2004. Richardson won bronze medals with the England team at 2010 Commonwealth Games, she competed in her second Olympics in 2008. Richardson was part of the Great Britain team that won the bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics in London, captaining the team for two games after regular captain Kate Walsh broke her jaw in the opening match. Between 2013 and 2014 she underwent surgery twice for spinal disc herniation, she was left out of the England squad for the 2014 World Cup, but returned to international hockey with the Great Britain team in April 2015. In August 2015 she was part of the England team that won the EuroHockey Nations Championship for the first time, scoring a penalty in the gold medal match penalty shoot-out against the Netherlands.
Richardson-Walsh was a member of the Great Britain team that won the gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics, the first time that Great Britain had won gold in women's hockey. She scored one of Great Britain's two penalties in the deciding penalty shoot-out in the final against the Netherlands. Richardson-Walsh's first club was West Bridgford Hockey Club in Nottigham which she joined aged 7, she progressed to play for Sherwood Hockey Clubs before joining Leicester Hockey Club. After the 2008 Olympics she spent a year playing for HC Den Bosch in the Netherlands before returning to England, after which she played for Reading Hockey Club for seven years. In 2016 Richardson-Walsh announced that she would leave Reading Hockey Club with her wife Kate to join HC Bloemendaal in the Netherlands after the Olympics, suggested that she would retire from international hockey. In June 2017 Richardson-Walsh and her wife returned from HC Bloemendaal after helping the team maintain their place in the Hoofdklasse.
Richardson-Walsh announced she had signed for Cambridge City Hockey Club on a 12-month contract for the 2017/2018 season. The women's team plays in the Investec Women's League, Conference East and the club is chaired by her brother Andy Richardson. In 2018 Richardson-Walsh confirmed that she would play for another season at CCHC, as well as taking on an Assistant Coaching role at the club. In December 2017 Richardson-Walsh and her wife Kate both signed for East Grinstead Hockey Club for the Jaffa Super Sixes indoor hockey season. Between 2012 and 2016 Richardson-Walsh held the role of a ‘Sky Sports Living For Sport Athlete Mentor’ as part of the Youth Sport Trust In July 2014 during a break from hockey caused by injury, Richardson-Walsh volunteered in Bali teaching English to fishmen and their families and participating in a coral re-building programme; as a lifelong Spurs fan, Richardson-Walsh is a patron of the Proud Lilywhites, the official LGBT association of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club.
Richardson-Walsh is an Ambassador for Access Sport, a charity whose mission is to give more children in disadvantaged areas, access to a wide range of quality local sport. Richardson-Walsh was part of the commentary team for the 2017 Eurohockey championships, along with her wife Kate, broadcast on BT Sport She provided hockey commentary and analysis for BBC sport and Radio 5 Live at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and for BBC 5 Live and BT Sport at the 2018 Hockey World Cup. For the 2017-2018 academic year, Richardson-Walsh joined The Perse School in Cambridge as a part-time Games Coach. Richardson-Walsh was selected to be an Athlete Role Model for the Youth Olympic Games which will take place in Bunoes Aires, Argentina in 2018, she will be representing hockey and Team GB, providing workshops, taking part in Q&A session and advising young athletes. Having graduated from the Open University with a degree in Psychology in 2017, Richardson-Walsh has said she will study for a master's degree in Organisational Psychology.
In 2009, she was shortlisted for the International Hockey Federation's World Player of the Year Award and has been named in the FIH World All Stars Team three times, in 2009, 2010 and 2011. In 2009 and 2010 she was named as Player of the Year by the Hockey Writers' ClubIn 2009, 2011 and 2016 she was awarded the Majorie Pollard Sa
Madeleine Clare Hinch, is a former English international field hockey player. She played for Great Britain as a goalkeeper. Maddie Hinch plays club hockey for Dutch club SCHC, she began playing hockey after a schoolteacher spotted her catching and diving talents in a game of rounders. She was not overly keen on playing in goal and suffered a number of rejections as a youngster, but persevered and won a Youth Olympic Games medal, she made her full international debut in 2008, but narrowly missed out on a place in the Great Britain squad for the 2012 Summer Olympics. She soon took over as number one choice and won the silver medal for England at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. In 2015, she enjoyed a breakthrough year, saving a penalty to ensure England won the EuroHockey Championships in London being nominated for FIH Goalkeeper of the Year. In 2016, she played in her first Olympic games, surpassing 100 international appearances during the Rio 2016 Olympics, she won an Olympic gold medal in Rio in 2016, saving all four penalties in the final shoot-out against The Netherlands.
Her outstanding performance was credited in the media as the deciding factor in the game's outcome. In September 2018, she decided to step aside from the national team, expressing her will to get back in the near future, she has played club hockey for Exmouth and Holcombe. She has a degree in Sport & Exercise Science from Loughborough University
Field hockey is a team game of the hockey family. The earliest origins of the game date back to the Middle Ages in Pakistan; the game can be played on grass, water turf, artificial turf or synthetic field as well as an indoor board surface. Each team plays with eleven players, including the goalie. Players use sticks made out of wood, carbon fibre, fibre glass or a combination of carbon fibre and fibre glass in different quantities to hit a round, plastic ball; the length of the stick depends on the player's individual height. Only one face of the stick is allowed to be used. Goalies have a different kind of stick, however they can use an ordinary field hockey stick; the specific goal-keeping sticks have another curve at the end of the stick, this is to give them more surface area to save the ball. The uniform consists of shin guards, shorts, a mouth guard and a jersey. Today, the game is played globally in parts of Western Europe, South Asia, Southern Africa, New Zealand and parts of the United States.
Known as "hockey" in many territories, the term "field hockey" is used in Canada and the United States where ice hockey is more popular. In Sweden, the term "landhockey" is used and to some degree in Norway where it is governed by Norway's Bandy Association. During play, goal keepers are the only players who are allowed to touch the ball with any part of their body, while field players play the ball with the flat side of their stick. If the ball is touched with the rounded part of the stick, it will result in a penalty. Goal keepers cannot play the ball with the back of their stick. Whoever scores the most goals by the end of the match wins. If the score is tied at the end of the game, either a draw is declared or the game goes into extra time or a penalty shootout, depending on the competition's format. There are many variations to overtime play that depend on the tournament play. In college play, a seven-aside overtime period consists of a 10-minute golden goal period with seven players for each team.
If a tie still remains, the game enters a one-on-one competition where each team chooses 5 players to dribble from the 25-yard line down to the circle against the opposing goalie. The player has 8 seconds to score on the goalie keeping it in bounds; the play ends after a goal is scored, the ball goes out of bounds, a foul is committed or time expires. If the tie still persists extra rounds thereafter until one team has scored; the governing body of field hockey is the International Hockey Federation, with men and women being represented internationally in competitions including the Olympic Games, World Cup, World League, Champions Trophy and Junior World Cup, with many countries running extensive junior and masters club competitions. The FIH is responsible for organizing the Hockey Rules Board and developing the rules for the game. A popular variant of field hockey is indoor field hockey, which differs in a number of respects while embodying the primary principles of hockey. Indoor hockey is a 5-a-side variant, with a field, reduced to 40 m × 20 m.
With many of the rules remaining the same, including obstruction and feet, there are several key variations: Players may not raise the ball unless shooting on goal, players may not hit the ball, the sidelines are replaced with solid barriers which the ball will rebound off. In addition, the regulation guidelines for the indoor field hockey stick require a thinner, lighter stick than an outdoor stick. There is a depiction of a field hockey-like game in Ancient Greece, dating to c. 510 BC, when the game may have been called Κερητίζειν because it was played with a horn and a ball. Researchers disagree over, it could have been one-on-one activity. Billiards historians Stein and Rubino believe it was among the games ancestral to lawn-and-field games like hockey and ground billiards, near-identical depictions appear both in the Beni Hasan tomb of Ancient Egyptian administrator Khety of the 11th Dynasty, in European illuminated manuscripts and other works of the 14th through 17th centuries, showing contemporary courtly and clerical life.
In East Asia, a similar game was entertained, using a carved wooden stick and ball prior, to 300 BC. In Inner Mongolia, the Daur people have for about 1,000 years been playing beikou, a game with some similarities to field hockey. A similar field hockey or ground billiards variant, called suigan, was played in China during the Ming dynasty. A game similar to field hockey was played in the 17th century in Punjab state in India under name khido khundi. In South America, most in Chile, the local natives of the 16th century used to play a game called chueca, which shares common elements with hockey. In Northern Europe, the games of hurling and Knattleikr, both team balls games involving sticks to drive a ball to the opponents' goal, date at least as far back as the Early Middle Ages. By the 12th century, a team ball game called la soule or choule, akin to a chaotic and sometimes long-distance version
Chay Crista Kerio Cullen, is an Olympic Gold Medal winning English field hockey player. Cullen made her senior international debut for England in 2003, she was part of the Great Britain squad which won Bronze at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, as well as the England squad that won Bronze at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. She retired from international hockey after the 2012 Summer Olympics, aged 27, she earned 171 international caps. She came out of retirement in 2015 to join the Great Britain team for the 2016 Rio Olympics and played an instrumental part in a team that went unbeaten throughout the tournament winning an Olympic gold medal, she has played club hockey based at the Stoneygate Preparatory School in Great Glen. She was named in the International Hockey federation World Star XI following the 2006 Hockey World Cup, as well as 2006 Great Britain Hockey Athlete of the Year and Hockey Writers' 2005 and 2006 UK Hockey Player of the Year. In 2006 and 2008 she was nominated for the FIH Player of the Year Awards Award and in 2012 she was nominated for the FIH Hockey Player of the Year Award.
Cullen was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to hockey. Cullen attended the independent Oakham School in Rutland, she gained a BA in Business Studies at the Nottingham Business School, gaining a 2.1 in 2006. She works as a Business Development Consultant for The Kennel Club and as Performance Director for Edwin Doran Sports Tours, her father was a golfer and her mother played professional squash. She first played hockey aged nine, her parents still live in Kenya. Her brother Gray Cullen played junior rugby for England and in 2009 debuted for the Kenya national rugby union team. Crista Cullen - Great Britain Hockey Player - Official website Nottingham Trent University Her guide to hockey in 2008