Kathryn Lane in action
Hockey World Cup selection for former Sports Scholar and 1st team captain Kathryn Lane
Having won Commonwealth Bronze with England Hockey on the Gold Coast in what was her first major senior international competition, Exeter alumnae Kathryn Lane (Laney) has made the final squad of 18 for the Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup.
The World Cup hits London at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on 21st July where England Women will be hoping to replicate their Olympic gold medal winning performance in Rio. With over 100,000 tickets having already been sold for the event, the World Cup offers a spectacle of international hockey in the heart of London and a fantastic occasion for England Women to play on home soil. Drawn in in Pool B England begin their World Cup campaign against India at 2pm on Saturday 21st July before going on to play the USA on Wednesday 25th July and Ireland on Sunday 29th July.
For Laney despite having previously captained England for the Junior World Cup the Senior World Cup presents a new opportunity and challenge. Reflecting on her recent selection Laney commented “I’m honoured and so excited to be selected for the World Cup. It’s especially exciting because it’s a home tournament which will be really special to be able to share it with friends and family in London. Can’t wait to get started!”
Charlotte Hale, High Performance Manager (Sport) added “It’s always really special to see graduates of our Sports Scholarship Scheme and High Performance Programme going on to represent their country at senior level in major international competitions. Laney contributed a huge amount to our Women’s Hockey programme during her time at Exeter and continues to share her experience with current students, having recently visited following the Commonwealth Games. Good luck in the World Cup from all of us at University of Exeter Sport”.
Hockey is part of the Performance Programme at University of Exeter with the Women’s 1st team having won BUCS Premier South for the past 8 seasons and the men’s side having recently been promoted to the England Hockey League Premier division for the 2017-2018 season.
Date: 9 July 2018