Double Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah, Tour de France winner Sir Bradley Wiggins and Oakham School sports teacher Ellie Watton will all represent England at the at the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow later this month.
Watton, 25, who has taught at Oakham School for the past three years, will make her Commonwealth debut after being named in the England women’s hockey squad on Friday.
Watton, who lives in Oakham, has just returned from the Rabobank Hockey World Cup where the national team finished a disappointing 11th place.
But England and attacker Watton will be hoping to lay the ghosts of the previous tournament to bed with a much improved performance in Glasgow.
After the squad announcement Watton said on Twitter: “Very proud to have been selected to represent @weRengland at the #Glasgow2014 commonwealth games #excited.”
Watton’s success on the hockey field is actually taking her away from her teaching at Oakham School. She has now been awarded a centralised contract by England Hockey in the build-up to the Rio Olympics in 2016,
The England women’s Commonwealth team has a mixture of experience and fresh faces. Ten of the 16 selected athletes will be making their Commonwealth Games debuts. Alongside the experience of Richardson-Walsh, Alex Danson will be competing in her third Games while Georgie Twigg, Susie Gilbert, Nicola White and Laura Unsworth were all part of the squad who claimed bronze in Delhi four years ago.
Hockey Team Leader Danny Kerry said: “I’m excited about the two teams we are bringing to Glasgow 2014; the Commonwealth Games represent one of the highlights of an athletes’ career and I know and understand the importance that all involved place on performing to their best at such a prestigious event.”
Ten nations will be participating in each of the Men’s and Women’s Hockey competitions at Glasgow 2014, which runs from July 23, to August 3.
The teams will be split into two pools, England have been drawn in Pool B and will face: Scotland, Australia, Malaysia and Wales.
First up for England women are Wales at 11am on July 24.
The BBC will be showing more than 300 hours of live coverage from the Commonwealth Games, as well as providing radio coverage and highlights online.
Prior to the Commonwealth Games England will face Scotland, Ireland, Wales and South Africa at the Investec London Cup from 9-13 July.
The tournament will be played at the new legacy stadium, the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.