Alex Danson

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Alex Danson
MBE
World Hockey League Semi Final 2013 (9170464955).jpg
Alex Danson in 2013
Personal information
Full name Alexandra Mary L. Danson
Born (1985-05-21) 21 May 1985 (age 33)
Southampton, Hampshire, England
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Weight 56 kg (123 lb)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current club Clifton Robinsons
National team
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001– England 203 (62)
2010– Great Britain 103 (53)

Alexandra Mary L. Danson, MBE (born 21 May 1985) is an English international field hockey player who plays as a forward and is the Captain of England and Great Britain.[1]

She plays club hockey in the Investec Women's Hockey League Premier Division for Clifton Robinsons.

Danson has also played for Reading, Klein Zwitserland, Trojans and Alton.

She attended the independent school, Yateley Manor Prep School and then Farnborough Hill School, an independent Roman Catholic school for girls. Farnborough Hill School has since named their new all weather hockey pitch in her honour.[2]

Danson made her full international debut in October 2001 against Germany. She won a gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games and a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympic Games.[3][4]

Danson was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to hockey.[5] Later that year Danson was announced as the England Women's Hockey Captain in June 2017 [6] and led the team through to the last four in the semi finals of the world league.[7] Also in 2017 Alex launched the Alex Danson Hockey Academy aimed at introducing young children to the sport through their schools to increase awareness and participation in Hockey at a grass roots level.[8]

Alex is currently the most capped player in the Senior Women's Teams for both GB and England.[9]

Honours and awards[edit]

Honours[edit]

Representing Great Britain

Olympic Games

  • 2016 Rio de Janeiro: Gold
  • 2012 London: Bronze

FIH Champions Trophy

  • 2012 Rosario: Silver
Representing England

EuroHockey Nations Championship

  • 2015 London: Gold
  • 2013 Boom: Silver
  • 2011 Monchengladbach: Bronze
  • 2009 Amstelveen: Bronze
  • 2007 Manchester: Bronze
  • 2005 Dublin: Bronze

Commonwealth Games

  • 2014 Glasgow: Silver
  • 2010 Delhi: Bronze
  • 2006 Melbourne: Bronze

World Cup

  • 2010 Rosario: Bronze

FIH Champions Trophy

  • 2010 Nottingham: Bronze

FIH Champions Challenge I

  • 2007 Baku: Bronze
  • 2002 Johannesburg: Gold
Country
  • London Cup Winner: 2012[10]
  • London Cup Third-place: 2011[11]
Reading Hockey Club
  • EuroHockey Club Champions Trophy Winners: 2013[12][13]
  • EuroHockey Indoor Club Trophy Runners-up: 2014[14]
  • English League Winners: 2010–11,[15] 2012–13;[16] Runners-up: 2011–12[17]
  • English Indoor Championship Winners: 2012–13,[18] 2013–14;[19] Runners-up: 2010–11,[20] 2011–12[21]
  • English League (regular season) Winners: 2011–12[22]
  • English Indoor League (regular season) Third-place: 2013–14[23]

Awards and nominations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.englandhockey.co.uk/news.asp?itemid=42499&itemTitle=Danson+named+GB+and+England+captain&section=22
  2. ^ "Alex Danson Pitch opened". Farnborough Hill School. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Alex Danson Bio, Stats, and Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 12 November 2015.
  4. ^ Alex Danson profile GB Hockey. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  5. ^ "No. 61803". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2016. p. N17.
  6. ^ "Alex Danson named England women's hockey captain". BBC Sport. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Women's Hockey World League Semi-Finals: England lose to USA in semi-final". BBC Sport. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  8. ^ "Alex Danson: Olympic gold medallist's hockey academy targets 10,000 children". BBC Sport. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  9. ^ "GB Teams - Senior Women". GB Hockey Official Site. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  10. ^ Passing The Test Archived 6 June 2014 at the Wayback Machine. Reading Hockey Club. 7 May 2012. Retrieved 3 June 2014.
  11. ^ London Cup 2011 Field Hockey TV. 16 October 2011. Retrieved 3 June 2014.
  12. ^ Ladies 1s off to Europe Archived 6 June 2014 at the Wayback Machine. Reading Hockey Club. 16 May 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2014.
  13. ^ Treble-tastic! Archived 20 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine. Reading Hockey Club. 24 May 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2014.
  14. ^ "Reading women promoted to EuroHockey top flight". EH. 24 February 2014. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
  15. ^ "Watch highlights of this weekend's championships". EH. 11 April 2011. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  16. ^ "Reading crowned Investec Champions". EH. 21 April 2013. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  17. ^ "Investec Finals Weekend - Day Two". EH. 15 April 2012. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  18. ^ "Reading crowned Maxifuel Super Sixes Champions". EH. 27 January 2013. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
  19. ^ "Reading crowned Maxinutrition Hockey5s Champs". EH. 2 February 2014. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
  20. ^ "Super Sixes Finals 2011". EH. 30 January 2011. Retrieved 13 August 2015.
  21. ^ "Leicester Ladies crowned Maxifuel Super Sixes Finals Champions". EH. 29 January 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
  22. ^ "Reading seal Slough's fate". EH. 24 March 2012. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  23. ^ "Bowdon take top spot from Slough in women's Premier Division". EH. 5 January 2014. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
  24. ^ "Richardson and Danson World All Stars". EH. 23 December 2011. Retrieved 13 August 2015.
  25. ^ Great week continues for Alex Get Record. 12 January 2012. Retrieved 22 October 2013.
  26. ^ "Danson, Pearn are Hockey Writers' Players of the Year". EH. 19 January 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
  27. ^ a b c Double Award for Alex Danson Get Reading. 20 April 2012. Retrieved 3 June 2012.
  28. ^ "Captains pick up Player of the Year Awards". EH. 23 January 2013. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
  29. ^ Reading Players Honoured Archived 6 June 2014 at the Wayback Machine. Reading HC. 25 January 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2014.
  30. ^ a b c "Hockey Stars 2015 Player of the Year nominees". FIH. 8 January 2016. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  31. ^ a b "Davis Cup's team title as athletes are on track". SJA. 17 December 2015. Retrieved 20 December 2015.
  32. ^ "Lewers and Hinch scoop Hockey Writers' Prizes". EH. 20 January 2016. Retrieved 12 August 2015.

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