Audrey Hewes

It is with sadness that we have to report that Audrey Hewes, a stalwart and great character of the women's game, died suddenly on Tuesday.

Audrey was one of the England women's team number one fans. She travelled extensively to support the team both at home and abroad and was immensely popular with players, officials and umpires alike. 

As well as supporting the national team Audrey was also a regular supporter at events in this country and would also travel to Europe to cheer on England's teams in European club competitions.

Audrey was a well known face on the hockey circuit. She was a match official in the women's national league from its inception. She officiated in the Investec Women's Hockey League during the first half of the season with her last game the Trojans - Oxford Hawks match at the end of November.  Audrey also officiated at tournaments both indoors and outdoors and her friendly and encouraging support was appreciated by all.

In recent years Audrey volunteered to help with the Hockey Museum and was part of the team  who put together the museum's fantastic display at the Investec World League semi finals earlier this year. 

On learning of the news the England captain Kate Richardson-Walsh tweeted "Terribly sad news that England Hockey supporter and friend Audrey Hewes has passed away. Aud epitomised all that is great about hockey. Audrey's passion and love for hockey was infectious and her tireless energy helped our sport live and breath. She will be missed by many." A number of other current and former international players have also expressed their sadness.

Audrey will be remembered with great fondness by all those in the hockey family who knew her. We send out heartfelt condolences to her husband Robin and her family.