Thursday, May 23, 2024

Charity hockey event set to remember Grace O’Malley-Kumar

A hockey tournament to commemorate the life of Grace O’Malley-Kumar, one of the victims of the Nottingham attacks last summer, will be staged in May.

O’Malley-Kumar, who played for England Hockey’s U16s and U18s, will be remembered on May 4 when six teams compete for the Grace O’Malley-Kumar Cup. Her younger brother James will also captain a team at Nottingham Hockey Centre as the day pays tribute to the gifted 19-year-old.

The charity event, which will be raising funds for the foundation set up in Grace’s name, is being organised by the students’ union (SU) at the University of Nottingham, where the talented hockey player was studying medicine.
 
To support the tournament and Grace’s foundation, a silent auction has also been set up to raise funds.

Grace played hockey for her local club, Old Loughtonians and Southgate. At UoN, she won BUCS gold in her first year and also played in the Premier Division.

University team-mate Katie Curtis described Grace as “bubbly, welcoming, kind, compassionate, hilarious and thoughtful”.

She added: “It is precisely these characteristics that made her such an integral part of our team, fuelling us all with determination.”

Grace’s brother set up the foundation to back causes she supported and to “ensure she is never forgotten”.

He said: “For me as Grace’s younger brother, I have always said that the least I can do is ensure Grace’s legacy lives on.

“All of us decided to organise a hockey tournament, bringing together all paths of Grace’s career to have a day where we remember the amazing person she was.”

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