Olympic Gold Hockey player visits Hurst

GB Hockey player and Rio Olympic gold medallist, Giselle Ansley, visited Hurstpierpoint College on Monday 7th November.

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17th November 2016 — Giselle visited pupils in the Prep and Senior Schools, and gave a motivational talk to the Hurst Sports Scholars.

The youngest Hockey players listened to Giselle speak about her journey to becoming an Olympic Champion last summer, and were given the privilege of holding her Olympic gold medal.  Giselle also joined the Prep School girls’ teams on the Hockey pitch and helped coach them during their games session.

Senior School students were given the opportunity to meet Giselle where she advised and encouraged the pupils about various skills to improve their game. She even taught the U15 team an ‘aerial’ ball move which involves lifting the ball over their opponent’s head.

Hurst’s Sports Scholars, the U16 Hockey players and the 1st team were given a presentation by Giselle where she spoke about her journey from being a ’Devon Girl’ to an Olympic gold medallist. This was followed by a question and answer session where pupils asked her about her training and success.

Giselle has trained twice a day, six days a week, for the past four years. As well as an Olympic Gold medallist in Rio, she is also a Hockey European Champion and Commonwealth silver medallist. Giselle didn’t start playing for England until she reached the U21 level in 2013. Her advice to the pupils was never give up on your dreams - keep working hard at what you love.

Hurst Hockey coach Dominic Bowden commented, “It was an exciting day for the pupils - it’s not every day you get to touch a recently achieved Olympic gold medal. Giselle inspired everyone she spoke to at Hurst and we are really grateful to her for coming in.”

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About Hurstpierpoint College

Hurstpierpoint College is a co-educational day and boarding school for boys and girls aged between 4 and 18 years. Pre-Prep, Prep and Senior Schools are linked by common values and a common academic and administrative framework, to provide a complete education. There are currently 402 boys and 329 girls. 54% of the pupils are boarders. The Preparatory School has a further 292 boys and girls and the Pre-Prep currently has 69 pupils. The College is within easy reach of London via rail or road and is thirty minutes drive from Gatwick Airport..

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