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Birmingham Hockey player sets her sights on Olympic and BUCS gold 04/12/2015

University of Birmingham and England women’s hockey forward, Lily Owsley, has seen her international career go from strength-to-strength as she continues to perform in the BUCS Premier A league on a weekly basis.  

In January 2016, Lily received recognition from the International Hockey Federation (FIH) as she received their 'Rising Star of the Year' award.

“At 13 I joined a new school (Clifton College), where hockey is a compulsory option for girls at that age. After just a couple of sessions, I became obsessed with the sport – it’s amazing!” Says Lily. 

Taking up the sport just seven years ago, Lily already has already acquired a European Gold and Commonwealth silver medal with England Women. Already a high-flyer within Hockey, 20-year-old Lily is being tipped for continued success and an illustrious career. With many matches and competitions in front of her, she hopes to gain further achievements at both university and with the national side.

Lily comments, “My aims for the next year are: To win a BUCS gold medal with the University of Birmingham Hockey Club; finish in the top four in the Investec Premier League and to win an Olympic gold medal.”

Being completely immersed in university sport, she continues to reap the benefits of her university’s sporting provisions as she sharpens up her skills to further advance her hockey career. Frequently surrounded by her university teammates, Lily, who’s most pertinent motivation for working hard in sport is achieving Olympic gold, has made university sport an integral part of her daily routine. 

“Personally I love university sport as I get to play at a high standard alongside great friends. You are guaranteed to meet people with similar interests to yourself and it’s one of the easiest ways to make friends! It also keeps you active throughout your time at university.

“University is the first taster of your sport becoming part of your lifestyle. As opposed to a couple of training sessions here and there you are introduced to a wider support group and training types, including: Gym work, fitness, nutrition and psychology – replicating a professional sporting career,” adds Lily.

At present, the University of Birmingham – with Lily at the spearhead of their attack – are sitting pretty at the top of the BUCS Premier A. Though to achieve her aim of a BUCS gold come the end of the season, she and her teammates will have to shake off strong competition from women’s hockey teams from heavyweights such as Durham University, Loughborough University and the University of Edinburgh.

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