Tunbridge Wells’ Ellen Greenall visits No 10

Following an incredible performance at the Special Olympic GB World Games in Berlin this year, Ellen Greenall and her fellow Hockey teammates, who won Gold, were invited to a reception at 10 Downing Street.

 

Ellen has been part of the Tunbridge Wells Hockey Club Flyerz, which is England Hockey’s name for hockey for those with intellectual and physical disabilities, since 2018.

The club started offering Flyerz in 2017 and the thriving section has won a number of awards since then as it has gone from strength to strength.

After trials at Bisham Abbey last December, Ellen was selected as part of the Special Olympics GB hockey squad for the World Games in Berlin this June.

Hockey was appearing at the Special Olympics for the first time, as a demonstration sport.

After a day of divisioning matches, GB found themselves allocated to the Trophy pool alongside Pakistan, Paraguay and Bulgaria. Winning the majority of their games in the pool, GB beat Paraguay in the semi-finals before running out 4-2 winners in the final against Bulgaria to claim the gold medal.

Following their return from Germany, the entire Special Olympics squad was invited to a reception at 10 Downing Street.

Ellen has continued her hockey exploits this summer – starting to play mainstream mixed and women’s hockey at the Club for the first time. She is also off to Monchengladbach at the end of August, along with another TWHC player, Oliver White, as part of the England team that will be taking part in the European ParahockeyID championships, a tournament that runs alongside the main EHF EuroHockey Championships.

Ellen’s successes, as well as Oliver’s selection and the club’s Men’s 1st XI winning the National EH Championships (Tier 2) for the first time in May, together represent a fine series of achievements with which to start the club’s 125th anniversary year.

 

Congratulations to Ellen Greenall, Oliver, and the entire GB Hockey Squad for their incredible achievements and we look forward to sharing many more stories of your success in the near future!

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