Friday, December 1, 2023

Lily Owsley: We need to change our mindset heading into Olympic year

GB star on learning from Euros performance, Dutch coach 'technical' comments and training belief

However hard it was to take, our EuroHockey performance was probably the best thing that could have happened to us coming into the Olympic year. It didn’t let us paper over any cracks. This was a real eye opener and winning a medal might have given us belief we were on track. We need to change something to medal in Paris, first we have to make sure at the Olympic qualifiers.

Fourth has got to be the hardest position to finish in any sport. I’ve experienced most of those in my time and it’s the knowing what you could have had. We felt quite far off it at the Euros — and we didn’t narrowly miss out on a medal.

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  1. As a parent of an aspiring 15yr old hockey player and a 17 year old elite tennis player, I can see big differences between the technical and personal approach to tennis coaching vs. hockey… Is there maybe an opportunity for hockey clubs to get more of their best seniors involved in coaching juniors, rather than have 1 or 2 coaches trying to deal with 20 juniors in a 1hr session? I would imagine more 1-2-1 coaching of young talent will feed the senior pool with players who have better technical skills.


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