West Chilt’s Hinch backed to be the best goalkeeper in the world

Maddie Hinch SUS-151029-164411002

Maddie Hinch SUS-151029-164411002

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Great Britain women’s head coach Danny Kerry has urged Maddie Hinch to maintain her high standards and establish herself as the best goalkeeper in the world.

Since making her international debut in 2008, West Chiltington-born Hinch has gone on to show her prowess for both club and country.

She was left out of the squad for the London 2012 Olympics but when number one Beth Storry announced her retirement in early 2013, the 27-year-old has gone on to make the position her own.

A silver medal arrived at last summer’s Commonwealth Games while she was named as the goalkeeper of the tournament after helping England win a penalty shootout to clinch the EuroHockey Championships.

The next challenge will be the forthcoming Hockey World League in Rosario which gets underway later this month.

Kerry believes his keeper can be a star for the team for a long time yet, particularly as Great Britain team aims to upgrade on their 2012 Olympic bronze in Rio next year.

“Maddie is definitely one of the best keepers in the world,” said Kerry, who won the High Performance Coach of the Year award at the 2015 UK Coaching Awards last Tuesday night.

“In order to have the title as the best goalkeeper in the world then I think she needs to keep delivering in the way she has.

“She has a great defence in front of her, which helps her cause, but I think to go from being one of the best to the best she needs to maintain the consistency through to Rio and beyond.”

Kerry’s role in guiding the team to great heights in 2015 saw him collected his award last week. He was presented with the gong beforehand due to World League responsibilities.

The UK Coaching Awards, hosted by sports coach UK is a chance to recognise excellent coaching and organisations that have achieved outstanding success over the past 12 months. For more information visit: www.sportscoachuk

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