Guest Blog Post – Ellie Watton

The past few months since winning Gold in Rio have been a whirlwind for us GB hockey girls. The Rio Olympic experience was unforgettable, but since returning home the media activity and interest in hockey has been phenomenal.

We hope that our Olympic gold medal will continue to improve the profile of women’s sport in the UK and that women across the country will pick up a hockey stick, whatever age, whether it is their first time on the field, or returning to the pitch after a long break, we want as many people as possible to enjoy our sport. The first step of getting up off the sofa and having the confidence to go to a new club with lots of unfamiliar faces is the hardest part, but as soon as you have made that first move the rest is easy. I have heard of many women who have got back into hockey after over 10 years of not playing, and others who at the age of 40 have decided to pick up a hockey stick for the first time!

One of our visions as the GB women’s hockey team is to ‘Inspire the future’, so a main focus of ours since returning from Rio has been to encourage young girls to pick up a hockey stick and get involved in the sport. Sport is a great way to develop important life skills, and team sports in particular can teach children communication, leadership and team work skills as well as keeping them fit and healthy. It is a fantastic time for young girls growing up, they have so many sporting role models on their television screens to help inspire them, and they are able to see the passion and determination these women have to achieve success.

There are so many opportunities for women and young girls to get active and be involved in sport now, I hope that they all make the most of those opportunities to stay fit and health as well as use the opportunities to make new friends and enjoy life.

Ellie Watton, Olympic gold medallist in hockey

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