UWE's hockey talent aims to reach Commonwealth Games

Issue date: 30 June 2010

Siân French One of the University of the West of England's Elite Hockey Players, 19 year old Siân French, is aiming to bag a place in the Commonwealth Games in India this year to represent Wales.

Currently the captain of the University's women's hockey team and a player for the U21's Wales team, Siân is hoping to get selected on 18 July to join a squad of 16 to go to Delhi.

Siân said “It's getting really exciting, it's the first time that Wales have qualified to play in the Commonwealth Games so there is the opportunity to play against some different opponents." Siân describes the facilities at UWE's Centre for Sport as “some of the best in the UK, especially the astro-pitch.”

Siân's interest in hockey started at school and she currently represents the University in the British Universities and College Sports (BUCS) games. She was recently selected along with four other UWE Elite hockey players to play for the British Universities Home Nations Event. Siân's ambition is to play for the senior women.

Siân, who has just completed her first year of a physiotherapy course, decided to move to Bristol from Cheshire and study at UWE because of the course and EliteUWE scheme on offer allowing her to progress in her sport whilst studying full time for a degree.

The EliteUWE programme that the University's Centre for Sport runs provides financial, medical and training support to national and international athletes in a range of sports, all of whom are studying at UWE. Applications are made annually and are accepted from both undergraduate and postgraduate students. The scheme also provides members with free access to physiotherapy, nutritional evaluation and a strength training programme.

Richard Bennett, Performance Manager of UWE Centre for Sport added, “Siân has made huge steps forward during her first year, particularly through the work she has been doing with Steve Lock, our Strength and Conditioning Manager. Siân has gone from an under-21 player to pushing her way into the senior team thanks to her determination and commitment to training.”

The Centre for Sport is running a set of Hockey Camps this August for children aged 12-18 years of age to engage the local community with the sport. Bookings are currently being taken and can be made at the UWE online store.

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