Sunday, June 16, 2024

Hockey World Cup: Injury fuelled fire for England return, says Nick Park

In under a year Nick Park has gone from making his senior debut to being selected and scoring on his Men’s Hockey World Cup debut for England, writes LAURA HOWARD

“To come from just a little boy who wasn’t even interested in hockey to coming into a World Cup is amazing.” Yet, not long ago, Nick Park hadn’t even picked up a hockey stick, let alone harboured dreams of representing his country at a major international tournament.

On Friday, Park scored for England in the first 35 seconds of their first World Cup match in Rourkela. It sparked England into life as they won 5-0 against Wales ahead of Park’s biggest game yet – a sell out against hosts India.

Despite his love for sport, hockey wasn’t always on Park’s radar.

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