Samantha Hurst 1966 2011

The England Hockey is sad to report the death of Sam Hurst who passed away on Tuesday 29th November aged 45, after a short illness.

Name: Sam Hurst

Born: 5th September 1966 (Southport)

Died: 29th November 2011.

England Women Masters International 2007 - date.

Sam Hurst - deceased

Deb Wilkes, England Hockey Women Masters reflected on Sam's life:

We come across many people in our day-to-day lives...most we forget, some we faintly recall and then there are those very few who instantly stand out and we remember. In fact we never forget them. Sam Hurst stood out, she will remain a vivid memory in every heart she touched, never to be forgotten. She lived life as it should be lived - to the full and with enjoyment - but with the ability to share that enthusiasm so that just by mere association with her a little of that joy always rubbed off.

In her hockey world, Sam gained many lifelong friends through different hockey clubs. She began playing hockey at Crosby for the first ten years, whilst also playing for her college team at MMU. She then played for an incredible 18 years at North Staffs and became captain for the team. Of late for the last 5 years Sam has played with Aldridge Ladies playing National League.

She was a regular player within Staffordshire County Women and later OWLS a Staffordshire based Lady Veteran’s team competing in the annual England Hockey Veterans Ov35’s Tournament. From 2007 Sam became a key member of both the Midlands and England Hockey Women Masters Ov40s squads. Competing in many of the teams notable victories including the annual Home Nations Competition and the Women Masters Championships held in July 2010 during the 2010 FIH Women Champions Trophy tournament in Nottingham. 

Sam Hurst - deceasedJayne Barber – life long friend . "I can’t begin to imagine life without Sam, she would always brighten up the place with her smile and joking around.  I played with Sam for many years at North Staffs and County. Sam was the type of person you would always want in your team; strong, quick, physical and she would run herself into the ground until the final whistle."
Lisa Prince said of Sam: - “Sam was not only a dear and close friend, but a  complete professional; her passion for hockey was inspiring. A very warming and caring person who would always welcome players into the master’s family. A true team player and a remarkable person. We'll all miss her terribly but she will always be with us both on and off the pitch.”

Sam is survived by her partner Lowena Sandercock and her parents David and Eleanor Hurst, our thoughts are with them at this time.  Lowena says “The lives Sam touched have been enriched immeasurably. I loved to watch Sam play hockey, she was an inspiring team player and played with passion and a huge smile."

Sam’s funeral will take place at 1pm on Monday 12th December 2011 at St Michael’s Church, Stone, Staffordshire ( . Please allow time to find parking. A donation will be taken for a chosen charity.