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Team GB hockey players say they're proud to have been chosen for London 2012

Barry Middleton, Team GB Men's Hockey captain Credit: Team GB

Team GB Men's hockey captain, Barry Middleton who plays for East Grinstead Hockey Club said 'It is a great honour to have been selected in Team GB for my third Olympic Games. I am very proud that I will have the chance to experience a home Olympics with the amazing support of the British crowd.

"We have an amazing group of guys who have put themselves through so much pain in search of a dream we all share. We will be giving our all to achieve this dream while providing a lot of excitement at the same time.

"I look forward to stepping on the pitch in London and hearing that Great British crowd getting behind us.”

Ashley Jackson, Team GB Men's Hockey team member Credit: Team GB

While fellow Team GB member Ashley Jackson from Tunbridge Wells, who also plays for the East Grinstead Hockey Club said:

“I'm very happy to be selected for the Olympics. Ever since we played the Test Event in front of a home crowd it's been very exciting to imagine how great the home support will be this summer.

"It has been a long, long few years of training and many highs and lows during that period but I'm feeling very confident about our chances over the summer. We have a very talented group of players through 1 to 27 and it's a real shame that only 16 places are available.”

*OLYMPICS FACT: *Men’s hockey was first introduced at the 1908 London Games. Great Britain have won gold in 1908, 1920 and in 1988.

Team GB hockey squad announced

The Team GB hockey squad announced this afternoon includes Nicholas Catlin from Marlow, Jonathan Clarke from Southend-on-Sea, Daniel Fox from Godalming, Ben Hawes from Lewes, Ashley Jackson from Tunbridge Wells; Barry Middleton, Glenn Kirkham and Iain Lewers who play for East Grinstead.

Also on the team are: Iain Mackay who plays for Reading, Robert Moore from Winchester, Richard Smith from Portsmouth and James Tindall from Virginia Water. There are four other men on the squad who play for teams outside our region.

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