Hockey

Lily Owsley shows off her Olympic gold with youngsters from Leamington Hockey Club. Picture submitted
Lily Owsley shows off her Olympic gold with youngsters from Leamington Hockey Club. Picture submitted

Leamington Hockey Club’s junior players had a real treat on Sunday thanks to a visit from one of Team GB’s gold medal-winning heroes.

Lily Owsley was part of the history-making hockey champions in Rio last summer and brought her medal with her for a visit to Leamington’s junior academy.

The Olympian got stuck into playing games with the club’s young players, showed off some skills, posed for photos and signed sticks, bags, balls and even an umpire’s yellow card.

She also passed on three top tips for success to Leamington’s players - be resilient, believe in yourself and never stop running when playing a game - leaving the club’s players suitably inspired.

Lisa Dodd-Mayne, Leamington’s junior section chair, was thrilled with the visit.

She said: “What a star Lily Oswley was. Everyone had a great time and nothing was too much trouble - a true superstar.

“She was so impressed with how we run the academy and so impressed with the skills some of our players have.”