Craig Parnham

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Craig Parnham (born 13 July 1973[1] in Bridgnorth, Shropshire) is an English field hockey defender and coach. He represented Great Britain in two Summer Olympics in 2000 and 2004, and played club hockey for Stourport, Bridgnorth and Cannock.

Parnham made his debut for Great Britain in 2000, shortly before being included in the team for the 2000 Summer Olympics.[1] The following year he made his debut for England,[2] where he was appointed captain.[1]

He sustained a near-fatal throat injury in 2002, when he was caught in the throat by a flying stick while playing for England in Malaysia.[1] His larynx required rebuilding.[2]

In total, Parnham won 64 caps for Great Britain and 51 for England. He is now a coach, and has taken the Great Britain women's team to the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games. In January 2013 he was appointed head coach of the USA Women's National Team.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d "BBC Sport Academy - How Seoul success spurred GB star". BBC. Retrieved 29 July 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Craig Parnham". University of Wolverhampton. Archived from the original on 25 July 2012. Retrieved 29 July 2012.
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