Kathryn Lane with her Commonwealth Bronze medal

Commonwealth Medallist on Campus

Exeter alumnae, former Sports Scholar and EULHC 1st team captain Kathryn Lane (Laney) returned to campus following her recent bronze medal at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games with the women’s hockey squad.

With the Team England Commonwealth Games side featuring a number of players who were part of the Olympic Gold winning squad in Rio 2016. England Women’s Hockey were hoping to add to their international medal haul, having never previously won Commonwealth Gold. The competition was structured as 2 pools of 5 teams with the top 2 teams in each pool progressing through to the semi-finals.

England faced India, South Africa, Malaysia and Wales in their pool and started with a 2-0 win over South Africa. Following this up with a 5-1 win over Wales, a closely fought 1-2 loss to India and a 3-0 win against Malaysia, England finished top of their group to face New Zealand in the semi-final. Losing out to the eventual Gold medallists in the shoot out following a locked 0-0 encounter at full time England regrouped for their bronze medal match against India. Having lost to India in the initial group stages England were keen to reverse the result and take home the bronze and did just that with a 6-0 win and a place on the rostrum.

Reflecting on her first experience of a multi-sport international competition Laney commented “Although I’ve previously represented England at the Junior World Cup this was my first experience of a senior multi-sport competition. It was amazing to be part of the athlete village which had a great atmosphere with athletes across all different sports sharing the same venue. Although we weren’t able to attend the opening ceremony as we had a match the next day, seeing Adam Gemili and the Brownlee brothers around the athlete village was a great experience. I also had some friends and family out there including my mum and dad and got to catch up with my old Exeter team mates Ella (Jackson) and Ben (Francis) who were out there representing Wales. To come away from the Gold Coast with a bronze medal was amazing and capped off an unforgettable experience”.

With alumni being an important part of University of Exeter Sport Alumni Engagement Officer (Sport) Tay Attwell added “It’s always a real highlight to have returning alumni visiting campus and welcoming back Laney and her Commonwealth bronze was brilliant. Having contributed so much to Hockey throughout her time here we look forward to welcoming Laney back again in the Autumn term to share her leadership experiences with HPP 1st team captains and potential leaders as part of our Leadership Development Programme, supported by the Annual Fund”.

For Laney looking ahead to the summer the next competition on the horizon is the Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup in London taking place from Thursday 21st July - Sunday 5th August as well as a number of international GB U23 fixtures. From all of us at University of Exeter Sport we wish Laney the best of luck for the upcoming selections for these events.

Date: 7 June 2018

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