England call for Wapping’s Hart
PUBLISHED: 18:00 15 February 2017
Member hoping for success with Masters squad
Wapping Hockey Club’s Becky Hart has been celebrating after receiving a call-up to the England Over-40 squad.
Hart joined the east London outfit four years ago and admits it was a thrill to be selected for the Masters programme, with trips to Ireland and the Netherlands on the horizon.
“It’s a dream come true. I’ve been playing hockey for a very long time, so it’s a great honour to be selected to represent my country at hockey, a sport I love,” said Hart.
“I joined Wapping because of its excellent reputation, which it has lived up to. We won promotion into the East Premier last season and the goal is to finish second in the league.
“In terms of England, I would love to win the Home Nations and come home from the European Cup with a medal. The preference obviously would be gold!”
Hart began playing hockey at the age of 11 at secondary school, where her PE teacher was the late Rosemary Goodridge, a former England international.
“As you can imagine, she was pretty inspirational,” added Hart.
“I started playing club hockey at the age of 13 for Plymouth, which merged and became Plymouth Marjon, and played for 23 seasons.
“I then moved to London with work and had one season at Woking and then moved to Wapping.”
The 41-year-old Hart, who works for the National Probation Service, remains a key part of the Wapping first team and is determined to make her mark with the national team too.
“I still play as I love the sport. I like the team environment, the passion and competitiveness of a match, and it also keeps me very motivated to stay healthy and fit.
“The Home Nations are being held in Dublin and the Euros in August is a 10-day tournament. We’re hoping to come home with the gold.
“We have a number of warm-up matches, training and tournaments in preparation for these events. Inbetween I will continue to work on a hard fitness schedule and play as much hockey as I can to keep my skills and techniques to a high standard.”
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