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Monday, 16 December 2013
Old Girl Hannah Pike was well-known for her sporting achievements during her time at school, and her passion for hockey has continued since she left Bolton School this summer. Now a student at Loughborough University reading History and International Relations, she passed on the late nights and lie-ins that most students enjoy in the early days of their university experience. Instead, she has been working hard with 6:30am alarms and early-morning trips to the gym for training: only a few days into her summer holiday, she was asked to travel down to take part in trials for a sports scholarship.
However, her dedication has paid off, as she was successful and is now enjoying the benefits of the scholarship.
She has been awarded £500 of funding, and given exclusive access to the university's gym, high-performance equipment and trainers alongside others with the scholarship. She will also be asked by the university to take part in promotional work. This is a great opportunity for Hannah to further her sporting career in a supportive and challenging environment.
As well as playing for Loughborough University, this month Hannah has been involved in trials for the England U21s Hockey Team.
She is no stranger to the world of international youth sport: during her time in the Girls' Division, she captained the England U16s Hockey Team. She was also a member of the England U18s Team. However, the next age-group is a three-year squad, and therefore even more highly competitive.
Hannah will hear back after Christmas if she has been awarded a place on the team. She is determined that even if she is not selected this year, she will get a callback to try out again next year. Her determination and drive to succeed is sure to pay off.
Although Hannah does not expect to be playing hockey at Olympic standard in time for Rio de Janeiro in 2016, she is certainly on the road to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
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