Dixon named the new GB and England captain

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Adam Dixon will be the new captain of the Great Britain and England hockey teams with David Ames selected as vice captain by Danny Kerry.

They will be joined in the team’s leadership group by George Pinner, Phil Roper and Jack Waller.

Head Coach Danny Kerry commented, “Following the great work post-Rio by the captaincy group of Phil Roper, George Pinner and Ian Sloan we have worked with the athlete and staff group to think about what leadership we need moving forward.

“I am delighted with the appointment of Adam Dixon as captain, he is hugely respected by his peers, has worked hard at stretching aspects of his game and his leadership in recent months and has a fine reputation as a leader with his club at Beeston.”

Dixon is the most experienced player in his current squad with more than 250 appearances for both Great Britain and England. The 32-year-old won gold in the 2009 European Championships, and has also won Commonwealth Games medals on two occasions

Dixon said of the honour: “I’m obviously delighted to be given the opportunity to captain my country. With it there obviously comes a huge amount of responsibility and I feel that at I am at the stage in my career where I can give my all to the captaincy and continue to try give my best performances on the field.

“I don’t take this challenge lightly and there’s certainly going to be times when the team and myself are tested to our limits over the coming months. However, I feel the squad is in a good position to tackle these challenges head on.

“Firstly there are some excellent existing leaders within the group who can play a massive role in steering our performances and shaping our team culture. Secondly, we have some real talent across the squad that is hungry to improve every time they step onto the training ground. Both of the above fill me with genuine excitement and optimism for the coming FIH Pro League and Olympic qualification campaigns.”

Vice Captain Ames, 29, hails from Cookstown, Northern Ireland, and has been part of the GB programme since 2015, having previously played for Ireland. In that time he has played in the Olympics, European Championships and World Cup.

Ipswich-born Pinner and Chester-born Roper have been part of the leadership structure since early 2017, while Wimbledon’s Waller – who has only just turned 22 – is a new addition having only come into the squad in the latter part of 2018 under new coach Danny Kerry.