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Posted on: June 15th 2017

Inspirational Visit by Maddie Hinch

Maddie Hinch Coaching Senior School Girl

On Wednesday 14th June, the College were delighted to host current GB and World number 1 goalkeeper, Maddie Hinch, in school to give an inspirational talk in Prep School assembly and to coach some of our budding goalkeepers. This was all possible thanks to a very generous gift from a current College parent. 

This is not the first time Maddie has coached at the College, having visited twice previously to coach pupils, although it was the first time as Olympic gold medallist and world number one goalkeeper. 

Her talk in assembly focused on her journey to become a goalkeeper, through to playing international hockey and then onto Olympic gold. She highlighted the sacrifices she has made as well as the setbacks she has suffered in her career, and spoke about how she responded to these and how they made her not only a better goalkeeper but also a more focused athlete. She then answered questions put to her by some  of the Prep School pupils. 

Prep school goalies with maddie hinch Maddie Hinch with Senior School GK

Maddie hinch with prep school goalies Coaching Session Senior School by Maddie Hinch

After assembly, Maddie spent time coaching some of the Prep and Senior School goalkeepers, putting them through their paces and working on accurate clearances as well as rebounding. 

It was a truly memorable morning for all involved and the College would like to express their thanks to Maddie and wish her well in her bid to retain Olympic gold in Tokyo 2020.

Form 1 Pupil Feedback

On Wednesday 14th June, Maddie Hinch, number one hockey goal keeper in the world, came to Bishop’s Stortford College for an assembly.

She discussed her setbacks. One of her setbacks was not being picked for the women’s senior England hockey squad. But she decided to join another team and told herself no matter what happens I’m going to keep trying!  I learnt that you can’t be good at everything and just have fun even if you think it may pull you back or you don’t like it at first keep pushing yourself to do it.

Her training regime. She trains SIX times a week. She does a lot of physio and she goes to the gym a lot but she also spends the majority of the week on the pitch.  I admire her because she is very outgoing and I’m sure she’d be a great friend. If I was in a match then all I would be able to hear was her cheering everyone on.

Some of the questions we asked Maddie were ‘do you ever get the feeling "I can’t do this" or "I’ve let the team down", and if you do then how do you deal with it?’ ,’what did you have to sacrifice?’ and ‘what was your best save in goal?’.

What I take away from the talk is: I will never give up, I’ll try and find a sport that fits the way I learn and I’m definitely trying out hockey goal keeping next term.

By Lottie K, Form 1