Emily Defroand: ‘England can get on the podium at the Hockey World Cup’

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Forward says England are determined to convert bronze into gold at the hockey Women’s World Cup on home soil

Emily Defroand is late, just, for her interview. Training overran. The England forward is in intensive preparations for the hockey Women’s World Cup, which begins at London’s Lee Valley park in seven weeks’ time. Not that she’s complaining.

“It’s all go, go, go,” she says from Bisham Abbey. “We just finished training and we ran over slightly. Next we’ve got a team meeting, and that’s before our next training session. It’s a lot of work. Our gym work is based around being really buff, being strong and preventing injury. To be honest, I don’t think I appreciated it was such a key factor for performance athletes, and it really is brutal. But we wouldn’t have it any other way.”

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Written by Paul MacInnes
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jun/03/emily-defroand-england-womens-hockey-world-cup under the title “Emily Defroand: ‘England can get on the podium at the Hockey World Cup’”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.