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Gold for King's Staff

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Four members of staff from King’s College are celebrating gold, having represented England at recent hockey tournaments.

Clare Hayes, Sara Similien and Jonty Lawford are no strangers to playing at this level, having gone through the trial stages to take part in previous national level competitions.

Clare, who is Director of Hockey at King’s was playing for the England Over 45s in the Home Nations tournament at Southgate Hockey Club in London. England won the gold after beating Ireland 2-1, Scotland 2-0 and Wales 2-0. Later this month Clare will be playing in the European Championships in Rotterdam.

Sara Similien, who is Head of Academic PE and Girls’ Games, also won gold playing for the England Over 40s in the same tournament at Southgate. The England Over 40s drew 1-1 with Ireland 1-1, they beat Scotland 10-0 and defeated Wales 2-1. Sara will be join Clare in Rotterdam, representing England in the O40s team.

Deputy Head (Academic), Jonty, won his gold medal representing England in the O45 Masters Hockey Home Nations tournament at the Scottish National Hockey Centre in Glasgow. England started with a 6-0 victory over Ireland followed by a 9-0 triumph against Wales. The final match was against Scotland who had also beaten the other two. England led 2-0 before Scotland equalised and the game eventually ended in a 3-3 draw. England had a superior goal difference and were crowned champions. The team also now go forward to the European Championships in Rotterdam.

As well as the players, sports coach at King’s, Dave Jessop, managed the England Masters O45s team to their victory.

Phil Lewis, Director of Sport at King’s said: “It is wonderful to have staff like Clare, Sara and Jonty playing at such a high level. They not only help coach our games programme with a huge amount of knowledge and experience, but they are also excellent role models to our pupils.

He added: “Our staff believe in inspiring pupils to play sport for life. Former teacher and housemaster, Dave Cole, recently represented Wales in the O60s team at the European Championships, finishing 6th overall – more proof that you can continue to play sport whatever your age! Seeing staff play and coach at this level really is inspirational for our pupils."

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