Double Olympic medalist Ansley back at Surbiton

England and Great Britain defender Giselle Ansley will return to Surbiton this summer after a season playing club hockey in the Netherlands.

Giselle played for the London club between 2013 and 2021, winning seven national titles to add to a growing list of international honours. She headed to HGC after bringing a bronze medal back from her second Olympics in Tokyo, and has gained a valuable year of experience in the Hoofdklasse, playing with and against many of the world’s top internationals.

Ansley is looking forward to returning to Sugden Road: “I’m really excited to be joining the Surbiton girls again after an amazing year in Holland.

“I loved the Dutch club hockey experience, the commitment the girls have to it, how the club welcomed me and the challenge of top quality hockey each week, but now I’m excited to come back and see what we can do in the EHL next year – and of course try to put our stamp on the Premier League once again.”

Coach Brett Garrard is also pleased to welcome Ansley back to his side: “Her quality and mindset will add so much to the squad both on and off the pitch. I’m also looking forward to using Giselle’s knowledge and experience to help develop the younger players in the group, who are going to be so important to us during the course of the season. Giselle is a top player and I am pleased to have a chance to work with her again and help her on the next stage of her hockey journey.”