Raph Awarded Hockey Writers’ Club Youth Award

Raph R has just been awarded the prestigious Hockey Writers’ Club Youth Award, receiving her award at the annual presentation lunch on January 15th at the Royal Thames Yacht Club, Knightsbridge, London. The judging panel sought information from coaches, clubs and schools, with the judges considering not just hockey ability but players’ personal qualities and potential for future development.

As well as playing brilliantly for College this season, field hockey goalkeeper Raph joined the senior squad at Wimbledon Hockey Club and has completed half of the season in the Ladies 1st Team in the Investec East Conference Premier Division in 2018 and currently plays for the Ladies 2s. “She has done amazingly well, being such a young person within a very talented adult environment,” said Simon Organ, Wimbledon coach. “I am very proud to see how she has developed both as a goalkeeper and how she has matured with her thinking and communication skills amongst older people. After being an England U16 NAGS goalkeeper since 2017, she has been reselected for the U18 England Hockey NAGS squad. Raph has also trained with England Hockey to be a Level 1 umpire, and is also active as a coach with Wimbledon’s junior goalkeeper programme. She has also established her own website for goalkeepers, with objectives to provide support and guidance. She is a fine swimmer, having completed two official cross channel swim relays at Wellington (2017 and 2018) and raising £15,000 for charity.”

Many congratulations Raph – we are all very proud of you.

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