Susannah Townsend stood near the roll of honour in the Kent Sports Centre, holding her gold medal

Susannah Townsend

Field hockey player

Susannah made her international GB hockey debut in 2008 and was part of the central squad in the lead up to the London Olympics. After a superb year in 2014 she was named Hockey Writers' Club Women's Player of the Year and in 2016 she competed in her first Olympic Games, winning a Gold medal.

Team GB’s performance at the Rio Games was their most successful Olympics ever. Susannah was at the heart of the action as she represented Team GB in Rio as an attacking mid-fielder on the women’s hockey team. The squad’s journey to Gold captivated the nation and the amazing tournament final, culminating in a penalty shoot-out against defending champions The Netherlands, certainly inspired the nation. That epic match against topped a BBC poll of the nation’s favourite British moment in Rio.

The Olympic gold adds to Susannah’s gold at the European Championships in 2015 and silver medal from the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Susannah plays club hockey in Canterbury and regularly trains on the University campus.

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