Pupils Coached by Olympic Hockey Star
Rio Gold Medallist Crista Cullen runs inspirational training sessions for our Prep and Senior hockey players.
Our Prep and Senior School pupils were delighted to welcome Olympic hockey legend Crista Cullen to Kimbolton yesterday. Widely recognised as one of the best defenders in the world, Crista was a key member of the GB squad that won gold at the Rio Olympics earlier this year – scoring one of the team’s goals in a dramatic final against the Netherlands. Crista ran a morning training session for Year 6 pupils, followed by an afternoon of coaching for our Senior Girls’ squad. All of our pupils gained a fantastic insight into the skills needed to be a top level hockey player.
Crista also gave an inspiring talk to some of our Fifth and Lower Sixth Form pupils, who will be representing Kimbolton on our Senior cricket and hockey tour to the Caribbean next summer. The Lincolnshire-born star shared how she spent her early life growing up in Kenya, starting her hockey career at the age of just 9 at Banda School. She then moved to boarding school in Leicestershire, where she played on Astroturf for the first time during county U15 hockey trials, before achieving her Great Britain Cap when she was 18. Pupils enjoyed the opportunity to quiz Crista on a variety of sporting topics from nerves to nutrition, during a lively Q&A session.
Visit organiser and Kimbolton professional hockey coach Mr Ben Mills said: “This was a fantastic experience for all the pupils who had the chance to meet Crista. For them to be able to learn from such an outstanding athlete, who has achieved so much, left them all extremely enthused. It was a great inspiration for everyone to see Crista – and her gold medal – up close; I know the pupils got a great amount out of the day. We are extremely grateful to Crista for giving up her time to come to Kimbolton."
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