Sports Performance graduate Shipperley off to Glasgow

27 June 2014

University of Bath sports performance graduate Zoe Shipperley has been named today in the England squad for the Commonwealth Games next month.

Defender Shipperley will make her Games debut and has 12 England caps so far.

Ten nations will be participating in each of the men’s and women’s hockey competitions at Glasgow 2014.

In the preliminary rounds, teams will be split into two pools of five. The top two teams in each pool will progress to play off for the medals.

England Captain Kate Richardson-Walsh said: “It is always a pleasure and an honour to represent your country at a Commonwealth Games. Being at a large multi-sport event is an excellent experience for the team. It’s great to be able to support your fellow athletes and enjoy celebrating Team England’s success. I’ve no doubt that Glasgow will put on a fabulous event.”

Team England Chef de Mission Jan Paterson said: “I’d like to extend a very warm welcome to both the men’s and women’s hockey squads. 19 of the 32 players will be making their Commonwealth Games debuts, with the remainder providing a huge amount of international experience, including our two captains who have five Commonwealth Games between them. They will compete in London prior to their arrival in Glasgow which will aide their final preparations as they head into Glasgow.”

Hockey Team Leader Danny Kerry said: “I’m excited about the two teams we are bringing to Glasgow 2014; the Commonwealth Games represent one of the highlights of an athletes’ career and I know and understand the importance that all involved place on performing to their best at such a prestigious event.”

Some 59 athletes with University of Bath links have now been selected to compete at the Games. They will represent eight countries in 10 sports.

For further information please contact the Team Bath press office at Matchtight Ltd on 01225 383518 or press@matchtight.co.uk.

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