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[img_assist|nid=3589|title=The Duchess of Cambridge shoots|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=174|height=200]Hockey received a publicity shot in the arm when Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge, an Olympic ambassador, visited the Great Britain squads training at the Riverside Stadium, Olympic Park.
The resulting pictures and video made the front pages of many of Britain’s national daily newspapers, and were prominent in news bulletins both in the UK and internationally. The Duchess, who captained her school team at Marlborough College, joined in with the occasion and tried out the Olympic pitch for herself during the visit on March 15.Team GB London 2012 chef de mission and British Olympic Association chief executive Andy Hunt said: “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge’s presence at the Olympic Park today has provided Team GB and the sport of hockey with a fantastic boost ahead of London 2012.
[img_assist|nid=3590|title=The Duchess of Cambridge receiving her GB shirt|desc=|link=popup|align=left|width=143|height=200]“We are very privileged to have the support of our Team GB Ambassadors as we prepare Team GB to perform to the best of its ability at the greatest sporting event in the world this summer.”
GB squad member Georgie Twigg told Push: “It was a real honour for us for her to come down and show an interest in hockey. “She got stuck in, had a hit around and it was a real honour to meet her. She was really good too and it was quite a lot of pressure with all of us watching as well – I was very excited to meet her.”
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[img_assist|nid=3592|title=The Duchess of Cambridge with womens GB squad|desc=|link=popup|align=left|width=400|height=227]