Welcome back AlexBy Reading Hockey Club • Nov 10th, 2012 • Category: About Hockey, Home Page, News
As she returns to action at Sonning Lane, GB superstar Alex Danson shares some thoughts on the Olympic Summer…
Well the time is here and I am very much looking forward to pulling back on my blue shirt for the weekend after what has been an incredible summer and four years build up. Before I share a few experiences of the Olympics I would like to take this opportunity to thank Reading Hockey Club for all their support over the past few years, we all love it here and you have played a huge part in all of our journeys. We all feel very proud to be a part of the club and are looking forward to the season ahead.
The Olympic Games were an incredible ending to a very memorable 4 years, and although I have been asked to talk about the Olympics I think it is important to talk mostly about what it took to get the team there. 16 players pulled on an Olympic shirt but if there is one thing I could have changed it would have been that we could go as a team of 28 players. That is truly the number of athletes it took to win that medal, there were 16 of us that were privileged enough to go, but we represented 28 people that had worked tirelessly for 4 years with one simple vision, to be ‘GOLD’ in everything we did. From our behaviours to our life style choices, our nutrition and our intent to training, we wanted to go to the London Olympics Games the best physically mentally and tactically prepared team.
I feel an over-whelming sense of pride to have been a part of this and I can truly say I have no regrets. We didn’t come away with what we dreamed of but we gave it everything we had, we believed in one another and our vision and we left with a medal I will forever feel proud of. Standing on the podium was something I will remember for the rest of my life but it’s the moments that got us to that point that are ingrained in my mind. Hiking in the middle of nowhere with 40kgs on our backs being shouted at by marines!! Being mentally tormented at the leadership trust, endless fitness tests, training in the rain, celebrating one another’s birthdays, endless laughing and training Christmas Day to name just a few.
But mostly I feel proud to play the sport I love with people who share that passion, both throughout the London Olympic Cycle and through my time here at Reading. I feel excited about the future, at Reading and hopefully in another cycle, I know like the last four years things will happen that we will all remember for the rest of our lives.