Saturday, May 25, 2024

Sam Ward on GB Hockey men: ‘There’s no blame culture on the pitch – it’s a special environment’

After the last two Olympic Qualifiers, the one that saw us to the Paris Olympics seemed like an absolute breeze. Playing in that team and performing how we are, you just feel like you’re going to win games of hockey.

The atmosphere in the changing room at the moment and the love everyone has for each other carry you through in big moments. If you make a mistake, you know that the next man is going do everything they can, there’s no blame culture out there. It’s special when you’re inside a changing room like that.

It was also a successful tournament for me personally, scoring eight goals in five games. I did very little differently than before, but because I was carrying an injury, I took a real screw-it attitude to it all.

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Sam Ward was speaking to Laura Howard

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