Eltham College today welcomed England and Team GB Olympic hockey player Hannah Martin. Hannah made her international debut in 2017, and has become a crucial player for both the England and GB teams. Hannah started playing hockey while in Year 4 at Ipswich School and never looked back, with her older brother Harry England & GB International being the perfect role model to look up to and emulate.
During the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Hannah scored four goals on the way to helping Great Britain win bronze, adding to her medals of the same colour won with England at European and Commonwealth events. Her Olympic medal was even more special as it came just four months after she sustained a broken leg and ankle ligament damage.
During the afternoon Hannah demonstrated stick skills to our students and demonstrated her dazzling skills of ‘chipping in’. The Year 7 and 8 girls played small sided hockey games with Hannah coaching. A hockey masterclass was held followed by a Q & A session. Hannah shared her sporting journey with the students, allowing them to understand the hard work and dedication needed in order to achieve their goals. She explained how her journey to the top had not always been plain sailing and reiterated the powerful message that having a positive mindset can make a real difference to anyone’s success in life. Hard work, discipline and resilience are key, as well as having the determination to overcome any obstacles along the way. The full interview can be watched below.