Maddie Hinch MBE tells WW Podcast that her potential was spotted before she’d even picked up a hockey stick

“I kept getting told I was too small and dynamic”
Published 21 December, 2021

Maddie Hinch MBE tells WW Podcast that her potential was spotted before she’d even picked up a hockey stick

“I kept getting told I was too small and dynamic”

Hockey player Maddie Hinch, MBE, tells the Wellness That Works podcast by WW (WeightWatchers) that her career as Team GB’s goalie was the result of a PE teacher’s hunch.

The 32 year old who played a pivotal role in England’s gold medal triumph at the Rio 2016 Olympics, initially complained when she was put in goal at the age of 12.

“I was a good football player and when I started at this new school, the PE teacher said ‘It is hockey next term Maddie and I think you should be goalkeeper.’ I didn’t even know what hockey was and knew from football that goalies do a lot of standing around, but as the new kid I had no say. I was then handed this huge bag of kit that stank,” she says.

It took years for Maddie to be seen as a star player. “I struggled to get picked for teams,” she says. “I was an athlete and used to running around, so I had my own style of goalkeeping, coming off the line a lot and diving around. That hadn’t been seen before and naturally worried selectors and coaches. I kept getting told I was too ‘small’ or ‘dynamic’.”

She got spotted while standing in for another goalie and said: “I don’t think I would be the keeper I am or achieved what I have done if I hadn’t had quite such a tough start.”

Other highlights from the interview include:

• How the GB team have kept morale up during lockdown

• How it felt to win a gold for the first time

• Maddie confesses that she has enjoyed being a homebody during the pandemic

• The pandemic has encouraged Maddie to take a step back and make friends and family a top priority.

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