Hockey Stars of the Future

Andy Bull in action for Great Britain

Team GB Stars of the Future Selected to Youth Olympic Squad

The British Olympic Association (BOA) has announced today the 120 athletes officially selected to compete for Team GB at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival (AYOF) in Sydney from 16-20 January 2013.

36 athletes have been selected from hockey including, Andy Bull who made his senior international debut back in 2010, current Maxifuel Super Sixes Champion for Leicester Josie Inverdale, and brother and sister duo, Joe and Alice Sharp.

GB Olympian Harry Martin will no doubt be on hand from Australia to give his younger sister Hannah some tips about playing in the heat downunder; at 17 years old she is the youngest hockey athlete to make the line-up.

The AYOF will see approximately 1,700 athletes aged 13-19 from 30 nations competing across 17 Olympic sports in many of the venues used to host the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Team GB will compete in 11 Olympic sports: badminton, basketball, diving, golf, gymnastics, hockey, rowing, shooting, triathlon, weightlifting and wrestling.

Inspired by Team GB’s outstanding success at this summer’s London Olympic Games, this group of young athletes will be aiming to use the AYOF experience as a springboard in their development towards fulfilling their aspirations of representing Team GB at future Olympic Games.

The athletes selected for hockey are listed below:

GB Youth Women's Team GB Youth Men's Team
Forename  Surname  Age  Forename  Surname  Age 
Giselle Ansley 20 Michael Bremner 20
Olivia Chilton 18 Andy Bull 20
Holly Chipman 20 Will Byas 20
Robyn Collins 20 Joseph Sharp 18
Emily Defroand 18 Phillip Roper 20
Josie Inverdale 20 Arjan Singh Drayton-Chana 18
Joanna Leigh 19 Philip Dutoy 20
Hannah Martin 17 Robert Farringdon 18
Shona Mccallin 20 Daniel Faulkner 18
Lily Owsley 17 Alan Forsyth 20
Suzannah Petty 20 Samuel French 18
Sarah Robertson 19 Jon Gall 19
Alice Sharp 20 Harry Gibson 19
Anna Toman 19 Ross Gilham-Jones 20
Rebecca Van Berkel 18 Samuel Hatherley 18
Caitlin Jeffries 19 Brendan Creed 19
Grace Balsdon* 19 Rupert Shipperley* 20
Nicola Cochrane* 18 Diccon Stubbings* 20

* Reserve athletes

Click here to see the full list of Team GB athletes.

Team GB has participated very successfully at the last two AYOFs, held in 2007 and in 2009 when they claimed 26 gold, 16 silver and 26 bronze medals – 68 in total. Previous AYOFs have provided an important stepping stone for many of Team GB’s successful London 2012 Olympians.

From the two previous visits to the AYOF a total of 35 athletes from 12 sport disciplines have graduated to become Olympians, and they have won 17 Olympic medals to date. The AYOF Team GB alumni include the likes of London 2012 medallists Louis Smith (gymnastics), Tom Daley (diving), Katherine Copeland (rowing), Jonathan Brownlee (triathlon) and our very own Georgie Twigg.

As part of its commitment to develop and nurture future British Olympic talent for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and beyond, the British Olympic Association will be taking Team GB delegations to seven Youth Olympic events over the next four years, beginning with the 2013 AYOF.

Mark England, Team GB Chef de Mission said:

“Following the inspirational achievements of Team GB’s athletes this summer at the London 2012 Games it is an exciting time to lead this group of exceptionally talented young athletes to the Australian Youth Olympic Festival.

“The AYOF will play an important role in introducing these athletes to an environment reminiscent of the Olympic Games and providing them with a taste of a multi-sport competition. They will also have the opportunity to develop their understanding of the Olympic ideals of excellence, friendship and respect.  I’m confident the AYOF will prove to be an invaluable experience in progressing their international sporting careers as they aim to bridge the gap between youth and senior international representation. The statistics show what a crucial springboard the AYOF has been for many of our successful London 2012 Olympians.”

Reflecting on her AYOF experience with Team GB, Olympic bronze medallist Georgie Twigg said:

“My AYOF experience was the first time I competed for my country at a multi-sport event and it was such a huge honour. I remember the excitement of being selected, the packing and then the feeling of pride when we pulled on the Team GB vest. It was great to be part of the bigger Team GB, one that included people from different sports. It was great preparation for my Olympic experience this summer.”

Commenting on his selection to compete for Team GB at the 2013 AYOF Andy Bull (GB & England, Loughborough Students) said:
I am really looking forward to playing for Team GB in Sydney. I was privileged to be part of the BOA’s Ambition Programme at the London 2012 Games where I had the opportunity to see first-hand what it is like to be an Olympian. Being there and seeing it first-hand gave me huge motivation and desire to compete at an Olympic Games myself. The AYOF will provide a good opportunity for us to compete against some of the best players in the world at our age group, and show what we can do.”

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