Wonderful visit from GB Olympic Gold medalists

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Last night club members were extremely fortunate to enjoy a visit from 2 of the stars from the GB ladies hockey team who won Gold in Rio. Their Olympic effort inspired a nation, captured our hearts and secured funding. Furthermore it will have done a massive amount for our sport in general and will in turn, do a lot of good for our club. The juniors benefited from one on one GK coaching with Kirsty Mackay and skills lessons from Sophie Bray.

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The Olympic stars then addressed the group and gave advice on penalty shuffles and witnessed some of youngsters have a go themselves (successfully). Chairman of the club Simon Pierce then presented the ladies with a thank you gift of champagne and a Chichester shirt and the entire congregation gave three cheers.

The GB heroes then blew everyone away producing a #19 ‘Bray’ GB hockey playing shirt from Rio, which had been signed by a large majority of the GB winning side. This will be framed and given pride of place in the new clubhouse.

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Juniors and adults alike then lined up to have pictures taken, touch the Olympic gold medal and get their sticks and shirts signed. A truly wonderful evening never to be forgotten – we are incredibly lucky to have had this opportunity. Some of the senior members of the club were barely born when we last won olympic hockey gold 28 years ago – hopefully it won’t be so long until the next one!

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If you want to get involved in the hockey club, pick up a stick or start as a total beginner get in touch with the ladies or mens club captain. All ages and abilities are most welcome.