Years of training and dedication have paid off for our welsh PE graduate, Owain, who last month was selected for the Men’s Great Britain Hockey Elite Development Programme (EDP).
At The Abbey, Owain works primarily at our Junior School assisting with PE and running specialist after-school hockey training sessions for the girls. Aged only 26, he has had an incredibly impressive sporting career to date. Having begun playing aged 11 for Cardiff & Met Hockey Club, he gained his first cap for the senior team aged 14 when the club was promoted to the Elite National League. In 2008, he gained his first cap for Wales in the World Cup qualifier against New Zealand, before leaving Wales to attend Loughborough University where he continued to play alongside studying for his degree. In 2014 he played for Wales again at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, following which he moved to Belgium for a year. Now based in Berkshire, where he is a member of the prestigious Reading Hockey Club, Owain has achieved a total of 75 caps.
The GB EDP was launched as part of a strategic initiative during the Tokyo 2020 cycle and aims to develop medal-winning Olympians of the future. The 35 athletes chosen, including Owain, have all shown their potential to achieve this over the course of a comprehensive selection process. Reflecting on the achievement, Owain said the following: ‘I am thrilled to have been selected for the programme. The goal for me is to get into the GB Senior squad and compete at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics so this is a real step in the right direction’.
It has been incredibly valuable for our girls to have had the chance to benefit from Owain’s expertise. We wish him all the best of luck as he looks forward to the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in March where he hopes to play for Wales.