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Lowestoft students given top tips from hockey star Helen Richardson-Walsh

PUBLISHED: 10:02 31 October 2017

Olympic gold medalist hockey player, Helen Richardson-Walsh visits Hewett Academy for a sports day involving different schools from the region.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2017

Olympic gold medalist hockey player, Helen Richardson-Walsh visits Hewett Academy for a sports day involving different schools from the region. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2017

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Young hockey players from a Lowestoft high school received some coaching from one of the British Olympic team’s star players.

Hockey players from Cromer Academy and East Point Academy (red), in Lowestoft, in action. Pictures: Courtesy of Inspiration Trust Hockey players from Cromer Academy and East Point Academy (red), in Lowestoft, in action. Pictures: Courtesy of Inspiration Trust

Helen Richardson-Walsh, who won gold with Team GB at the Rio 2016 Olympics, shared her tips for sporting success with more than 100 students at an inter-school hockey tournament held at The Hewett Academy in Norwich.

Hockey players from East Point Academy (red) and The Hewett Academy. Pictures: Courtesy of Inspiration Trust Hockey players from East Point Academy (red) and The Hewett Academy. Pictures: Courtesy of Inspiration Trust

The students from East Point Academy in Lowestoft were joined by youngsters from Cromer Academy, The Hewett Academy, Jane Austen College, Notre Dame High School and Wayland Academy for the tournament.

Helen Richardson-Walsh visits a hockey tournament at The Hewett Academy. Pictures: Courtesy of Inspiration Trust Helen Richardson-Walsh visits a hockey tournament at The Hewett Academy. Pictures: Courtesy of Inspiration Trust

Helen said her team’s medal victory was “an amazing moment – we’d set our sights on a goal and achieved it as a team, which made it very special.”

She was visiting the schools tournament on behalf of England Hockey, the sport’s national governing body, which hopes to build on the British team’s success by encouraging more young people to play regularly and join their local clubs.

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