Umpire Hannah Sanders selected for Commonwealth Games

Umpire Hannah Sanders selected for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Like players, umpires aspire to be selected to represent their country at the highest level of hockey. After nine years of umpiring in the National Programme one of these goals has come true for Hannah Sanders. On Monday 21 July she will travel up to Glasgow for her first experience of a Commonwealth Games.

Over the past several months Hannah has been juggling her training around her full time job at United Utilities in Warrington who she says are incredibly supportive of her umpiring, as well as having a family.

Hannah’s main appointments so far have been the Investec London Cup, 2014, Junior World Cup in Germany 2013, World League Semi-Finals in London 2013, Olympic Qualifier in Japan in 2012 and the World Youth Olympics in Singapore in 2011.

When asked about her appointment, Hannah said,

“It’s an exciting time to be part of such a large multi-sporting event, so soon after the London Olympics. Having experienced something similar at the World Youth Olympics, Singapore in 2011, I am very much looking forward to the experience”.

“During the next few weeks I am most looking forward to seeing all the hockey family from around the world and across the UK. Hockey is truly a family sport and one of a few to boast such an accolade. But above all, I simply want to umpire well and be the best umpire I can”.

Hannah’s next appointment after the Commonwealth Games will be the Champions Trophy in November in Argentina.

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