Sam Ward (England and Great Britain Hockey)
Sam is an international hockey player who has represented England and Great Britain on 126 occasions, scoring 72 goals. He competed in the 2016 Olympic Games and won a bronze medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Sam plays club hockey in the Men's England Hockey League Premier Division for Old Georgians.
1. How are you keeping fit and busy during lockdown?
I am actually very lucky to have everything I really need. I can run outside, I have a rowing machine, watt bike and a few other pieces of equipment which means I can stay in the best shape possible.
2. What are you missing most during lockdown?
I'm missing my family and friends. I keep in touch and Facetime them but it's just not the same as personal interaction.
3. Which country (or place) do you most enjoy touring?
My favourite place I have been to was the Gold Coast for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The place is unreal.
4. Who is the best player you played against?
I think the best player I have ever played against was Mark Knowles. He was an Australian defender who loved a battle and was world class.
5. Who is the best player you played on the same team as?
I would say Barry Middleton, the most capped GB hockey player. The perfect athlete and an all round top chap.
6. What was your favourite moment in your career?
My career highlight was the 2018 Commonwealth Games, beating India 2-1 in the bronze medal match and scoring both our goals. It was a feeling I can’t describe.
7. Who was your childhood idol?
My childhood hero was Barry Middleton. I was lucky enough to become a friend and team mate of his. That’s what dreams are made of, if I am honest.
8. What’s the first thing you are going to do when the lockdown restrictions are lifted?
I think I will be going to see all my family and friends, give them a big hug and tell them how much I have missed them.