Bryony Shaw competing in Weymouth

Meridian's Olympic athletes

The Meridian news team is championing athletes from the South and South East on Day 11 of the Olympic Games.

Brabants ready to defend title

Tim Brabants, from Surrey, has just got through to the semi-final of the 1,000m canoe at Eton Dorney - ready to defend his Olympic crown.

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England hockey match points to an exciting summer

by Mel Bloor

Hundreds of hockey fans were in Reading last night to watch the England men's side take on Ireland in the Nations Cup. England were victorious by 3 goals to nil and as Mel Bloor reports, the game marks the start of preparations for an exciting summer of hockey.

The interviewees are: Simon Mantell, England & Reading Forward; Ashley Jackson England & East Grinstead Midfielder; and Bobby Crutchley, England Head Coach.

Jolly hockey sticks

Evan MacCrill is a former Sussex student who has designed and patented a new type of hockey stick. Crown Hockey can reduce the vibrations that can travel up the stick making the sport much more enjoyable for players. He told our Sports Reporter Sarah Gomme where the inspiration came from.

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England's women reach EuroHockey final

England's women are through to the EuroHockey final for the first time in 22 years after a penalty shoot-out victory over Holland in Belgium.

The semi-final finished 1-1 after 70 minutes and the teams were level at 2-2 after five penalties each with Maddie Hinch making three saves to take the shootout to sudden death.

Reading's Helen Richardson and Eva de Goede both saw their penalties saved but Alex Danson, who also plays for Reading, netted and a further save from Hinch saw England through.

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