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Congratulations Leah Beth Sarah

Congratulations Leah Wilkinson, Beth Bingham and Sarah Jones #incredibleholcs

With the departure of Abi Welsford as Wales Women’s Captain last week, Head Coach Kevin Johnson and the playing group have opted to review their leadership structure as they look forward to the Commonwealth Games and World League round 1 in 2018 and beyond.

The new structure will see Leah Wilkinson step up to the position of team Captain; a decision Johnson feels Wilkinson rightly deserves after a string of solid performances and results these past couple of years.

The process has also seen talented midfielder Sian French appointed Vice-Captain, a move that Johnson feels will be a huge benefit to the squad.

Alongside Wilkinson and French, the group have selected GB athletes Sarah Jones and Beth Bingham to complete the leadership quartet; thus, forming the new leadership structure.

Speaking on the appointment of Leah, Head Coach Kevin Johnson said “I’m delighted for Leah that the team have wished for her to step up from her previous role as Vice-Captain to take the Captaincy. As a current joint caps record holder for Welsh women’s Hockey, she deserves her chance to lead the team outright and will bring her own style of leadership to the role as we move into our next period of development”.

Reflecting on her time as Vice-Captain, Wilkinson shared her hopes for the future “To be able to lead my country and this group of incredible women is a real honour and one I am very proud of. For the past 4 years I have had the role of Vice-Captain under Abi Welsford; an inspirational leader and a true role model and I hope that I can take many of her leadership qualities into the role. It’s an exciting time for the squad with the Commonwealth Games in April, the World League in September and Europeans in 2019. We have a great mix of youth and experience and both the management and the group have a real vision of how we want to play. With hard work and dedication, I’m sure we can reproduce and build on our successful 2016-2017 cycle. The future is certainly a positive one and one I am thrilled to be involved in”.

Many thanks Brian Field (Communications Officer)