Olympic medallist Fiona Crackles talks Tokyo 2020 glory to next generation of hockey players in Newcastle
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Fiona Crackles, who is currently studying at Durham University, was the guest coach at the ONE-Hockey Coaching Camp at Royal Grammar School in Newcastle which gave participants the opportunity to learn from the Team GB player and then ask questions to the Olympian. Fiona herself trained with ONE-Hockey, and had lots of questions from the youngsters.
“Is it made from real bronze?” one child asked about the medal. “It’s actually made out of recycled mobile phones, then it’s plated with whatever colour the medal is, so it’s plated with bronze” Fiona responded.
Fiona’s international career has taken off, as within a short period of 10 months she has risen from being a member of the GB Hockey Elite Development Programme to an Olympic bronze medallist .
Simon Lee, Managing Director of ONE-Hockey, said; ‘We are delighted to have Fiona join our hockey camp and we know that our participants are going to be really excited to share the pitch with an Olympic bronze medallist. We’ve witnessed Fiona’s progression in the game so far and are certain there are more exciting times ahead for her. ’
Fiona shared her excitement to meet the children, and show them her new medal; “I’m really looking forward to sharing my passion for hockey with the participants of the ONE-Hockey Coaching Camp. I attended one of these camps and look where it has led my playing career. It will be good to pick up a stick again after the Olympics and I hope to inspire the next generation of hockey players here in the North East, and who knows, maybe one day we’ll see someone from the camp follow in my footsteps.”