Silver medallist Lucy hopes to secure athletes’ contract

England players celebrate after beating New Zealand in the Women's Hockey Semi Final penalty shoot out at the National Hockey Centre, during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday August 1, 2014. See PA story COMMONWEALTH Hockey. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No video emulation. COMMONWEALTH_Hockey_163167.JPG
England players celebrate after beating New Zealand in the Women's Hockey Semi Final penalty shoot out at the National Hockey Centre, during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday August 1, 2014. See PA story COMMONWEALTH Hockey. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No video emulation. COMMONWEALTH_Hockey_163167.JPG

Lucy Wood is hoping to secure an athletes’ contract on the back of her Commonwealth Games success.

The 20-year-old won silver in Glasgow at the start of the month with the England women’s hockey team in Glasgow.

Wood, who lives in Horsham, is now aiming to secure either a full or part-time contract with England or Great Britain Hockey in the next few months.

She said: “We have two to three weeks now down time and recovery time. A lot of the squad are going away or having holidays before we come back on September 1.

“I am looking to get a full-time or part-time athletes contract now. Either a full-time one or part-time with England or Great Britain Hockey would be great.

“As I was brought in over the summer for the squad in the Investic Cup I had not been on a contract.

“The contract reviews are all coming up and the aim is to get onto one of them. I have no idea if I will, I am just having to wait, hope and see.”

Wood, who plays her club hockey for Holcombe in the National Conference East League, and her team-mates were just 11 seconds away from winning gold at the Games as they led favourites Australia 1-0 in the closing stages of the match.

But their opponents netted a late leveller before winning the shoot-out 3-1.

The long-term goal for Wood, who works at Horsham Pavilions, is to feature in Team GB at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

She said: “We have the Championship Trophy in Argentina in September , but after that the Olympics is the long-term aim.

“To represent Great Britain at the Olympics in Rio would be amazing, but I just have to keep training and play the best I can.”

Staff and customers at the Pavilions in the Park surprised Wood with a special reception as she returned to work last week.