We are absolutely delighted that Old Oakhamian Kathryn Lane has been named as part of the Tokyo Olympic Hockey Squad.
Kathryn who left Oakham in 2013, is one of 15 new players to join the 33-woman squad that will lead England and Great Britain into the next Olympic cycle.
“I genuinely didn’t expect to be selected,” said Kathryn when she returned to Oakham following the news. “I keep pinching myself that Hockey is now my full-time job!”
She has already begun training with the squad, at the home of GB Hockey, Bisham Abbey, near Reading. Although she is moving to be closer to training, she’ll be returning to Leicester every few weeks to play club hockey.
During her time at Oakham Kathryn was selected to play for, and captain, England U18s. At the same time she was also playing for the school team, which successfully made it to the National Finals! After leaving Oakham, Kathryn progressed to playing for, and captaining, the GB U21 squad, as well as playing club hockey.
She found out the good news on her return from the Junior World Cup in Santiago, Chile.
“I’ve always taken it year-by-year,” says Kathryn “Yes, I’ve had the long term aim of reaching the Olympics, but there have always been specific challenges to reach – from playing for the U18s, then on to U21s. My focus now is on training for our first major tournament – the European Championships this summer. Then it’ll be for the home World Cup in London in 2018. And after that, it’s Tokyo in 2020.”
Kathryn is now on track to becoming Oakham’s second Olympic Hockey player, following Crista Cullen who represented Team GB three times during her career, winning Bronze in London 2012 and Gold in Rio last year.
“This is fantastic news for Kathryn,” said Director of Hockey James Bateman. “Not only is she an exceptionally talented player, but she has also been working incredibly hard over many years to win her space in Team GB Squad. We all wish her the very best of luck, and we’ll certainly be closely following her road to Tokyo. She serves as yet another inspiration for our current Hockey players – many of whom are keen to follow in her footsteps.”