Alex Danson

#15 Team GB/Team England Forward
Hometown: Southampton, England

Accolades

  • Gold medal at 2016 Olympic Games in Rio
  • Gold medal at 2015 Unibet EuroHockey Championships in London
  • Member of Great Britain National Team and England Hockey Club
  • Over 270 career international caps and 99 career goals
  • Bronze medal at 2012 Olympic Games in London
Why I Use STX

There is a large range and I am quite particular about what I play with, I was able to work with the product team to choose the perfect stick for me to play with.

Q&A

Q. How old were you when you started playing?

A. I was 6. We have always been an active family and I started playing with my mum in our back garden and absolutely loved it.

Q. Who was your favorite athlete (any sport) growing up?

A. My favourite athlete was Sally Gunnell who was a 400m Hurdler in the 1990's. I remember watching her race and win Gold at the 1992 Olympics and just loved seeing the joy she got from competing.

Q. What was your Play Huge moment in your career?

A. I’d pick two. Firstly, wining a bronze medal at the World Cup in Argentina in 2010 and then of course winning Olympic Gold in Rio last year.

Q. What song is always on your pregame play list?

A. S Club 7 - "Reach"

Q. What’s your favorite movie?

A. Love Actually

Q. What advice would you give to a younger version of yourself?

A. Work hard, love what you do, and surround yourself with a great team of likeminded people.

Q. Who is one person you (past or present) with whom you’d like to have dinner?

A. Queen Elizabeth

Q. What’s the one thing you’d like to see changed in your sport?

A. Not specifically my sport, but for women’s sport in general I’d like to see more media coverage.  Both newspaper and TV media is still dominated by men’s sports. 9 million people watched our Olympic Final in the UK, so clearly the audience is there!

Q. Who’s your favorite teammate you’ve ever played with?

A. Sarah Ellis, she is the current Clifton Robinsons Goalkeeper and played England Juniors and Development . We have played club hockey together for 16 years, she's the most fantastic keeper and my closest friend.

Q. Who is or was the most influential person in helping you on your way to become a professional athlete?

A. My Mum and Dad. They taught me always to work hard and be grateful of every opportunity that came my way. They drove me here, there, and everywhere as a kid and still come and support me after years of playing.

Q. Describe your playing style in three words.

A. Fight, hard working, determined

Q. What’s your favorite exercise or drill to do while you’re training and why?

A. Always shooting! I'm a forward so love any drill towards goal, it's fun, exciting and there's always more to learn.

Q. What’s your favorite pre-game meal?

A. I’m a vegetarian, so a vegetable wrap with hummus and quorn.

Q. Tell us your favorite motivational quote.

A. You miss 100% of the opportunities you don't take. I believe that both on and off the pitch.

Q. If you could play anywhere in the world, where would it be?

A. The Lee Valley Hockey Centre at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. I love playing at home, with family and friends around and the amazing hockey family we have that support and play our game.

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