After visiting the ICAP Charity Day, the Countess of Wessex spent her Wednesday evening with Great Britain’s Olympic gold winning hockey team at the Great Britain Golden Hockey Ball at the Tower of London Pavillion. The event was held to honour the women’s hockey team success in 2016.
The Countess was joined fresh from the I’m a Celebrity jungle by hockey player Sam Quek, who was among the athletes to meet the Countess at the event. She and her fellow teammates captured a gold medal in the Rio Olympics this summer, but for the duration of Wednesday evening thirteen of the players put away their hockey sticks and joined The Countess to celebrate their success at the Olympics.
Sophie has said that she has: “always enjoyed” the sport of hockey, having been patron of the sport for ten years.
The Countess, who spoke to Sky Sports after the event, described how excited and ecstatic she was watching the team take Great Britain to victory in Rio. She also said that women and girl’s involvement in sport has increased immensely since the hockey team’s Olympic win and is still growing.Colin Murray, sports, television, and radio personality hosted the event. While Jonny Gould, well-known
The event was hosted by sports, television and radio personality, Colin Murray; while well-known TV presenter, Jonny Gould, hosted the live auction. All proceeds were donated to Hockey Futures, a national charity founded by England Hockey. Hockey Futures focuses on the power of hockey and sport to change the lives of children.
Hockey players were not the only well-known faces to be in attendance. Also at the atar-studded event were Olympic rowing champions Katherine Grainger and Matthew Pinsent, as well as rugby star Neil Back and musician, Gareth Malone of BBC Two’s The Choir.