Oldham Olympic medalist Nicola White hoping to inspire future hockey stars following London 2012

By James McLaughlin

Oldham-born Olympian Nicola White is hoping to inspire the next generation of hockey players after taking part in England Hockey’s ‘Harvester Club Weekend’ yesterday.

White was part of the triumphant Team GB hockey squad who won their first Olympic medal for 20 years after a bronze medal playoff victory against New Zealand.

The 24-year-old is hoping the team’s success will help get more youngsters involved after attending Springfields Hockey Club’s annual club day in Preston this weekend.

White said: “It makes them see someone that’s actually achieved something special and they want to go on and do that as well. I was inspired as a kid.”

“The slogan was to ‘Inspire a generation’ from the Olympics and it’s definitely done that and we’ve had so many messages off people taking up hockey,” the Slough HC forward added.

White’s appearance at City of Manchester HC on Saturday was cancelled but she attended the Preston event on Sunday instead.

England Hockey’s ‘Give it a Go’ campaign culminated with Olympians attending clubs throughout the country this weekend and White spoke of her inspiration as a youngster.

“Hockey-wise Alex Danson was one of the top strikers when I was starting to get in my teens,” she said of her London 2012 team-mate. “I still learn from her. I still learn so much and I like that.”

Despite scoring her first Olympic goal and helping secure a third-place finish, White said: “Highlights definitely are walking out to the  ‘London Calling’ music.”

She added: “It felt really nice to be part of something bigger than just the hockey as a whole and the nation was behind that. It just felt really special.”

Looking forward to the 2016 Games in Brazil, White said that everyone involved is targeting a Gold medal finish.

“I think that will always be what we want to achieve and we’ll hopefully get the funding again to make that happen,” she added. “We’re inspired to do it. We want to do it and we’re going for it.”

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