Monday, 23 November 2009

Newspaper article: Award a great honour

Chloe is featured in the current edition of the Essex Chronicle and Brentwood Gazette, as the search for a new Sports Personality of Year gets underway.

You can read a short interview with Chloe in the current newspaper.

Essex Chronicle

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Hockey Season Update

It has been a while since my last post and a lot has happened during that time on and off the hockey pitch. Where do I start......I suppose with the hockey!

The National Premier has started very well with my club side Leicester. We have managed to win all our matches so far, 8 straight victories and are currently ahead of Reading at the top of the table. We have two more matches this side of Christmas, then the indoor season starts and then the winter break before the outdoor league resumes in February. We have also made it to the quarter-finals of the cup competition.

One of my main reasons for joining Leicester was to win National titles and to play in the European Club hockey league, so hopefully we are heading in the right direction and I hope we can challenge strongly in the indoor league and make the finals night this year be held in Nottingham Trent Arena.

Since October we have started a Centralised Programme with the National squad which enables us to train as a GB squad most of the days of the week, every week and we hope this will improve our performances as a team at major tournaments in the lead-up to the London Olympic Games.

This has required many changes by individuals and it has shown how much commitment and dedication we put in, by all in the squad, in order to make the team for 2012 and for the team to perform to medal standards at the games.

Off the hockey pitch, I have been carrying out a number of Team Essex Ambassador duties across Essex.

One in particular was special for me returning to Chelmsford Hockey Club to help run a hockey master-class for youngsters from three schools in the Chelmsford area who have created a club-school link with the help of England Hockey. These coaching session hope to be continued each month at Chelmer Park and encourage young people to take up the sport and join the club to access more coaching on a regular basis.

With the winter months ahead I am looking forward to the indoor season approaching and can't wait to get inside to try some skills out. Always fun times indoors!

Thanks for reading and will keep you posted

Chloe 12

Sunday, 15 November 2009

Hockey Art!

Above: Tim Skinner and Chloe sit in one of the goals at Chelmer Park.
Above: Tim and Chloe in front of the main stand at Chelmer Park.

Above: Chloe's Adidas hockey stick is wired for sound!

To see how Tim Skinner is getting on with the multimedia installation you can visit his website for updates:
Tim Skinner's website

Saturday, 14 November 2009

Essex Sports Awards 2009

Chloe was highly commend in the Sports Personality of the Year 2009 at the Essex Sports Awards 2009, organised by sportessex and broadcast live by BBC Essex from the Waterfront Place in Chelmsford.


BBC Essex: Karate instructor takes top award

Journey to the Podium

The sounds of Chloe's hockey stick have been recorded by Colchester-based artist, Tim Skinner, as part of a new arts project run by Essex County Council.

The 'Journey to the Podium' arts scheme will produce pieces of art around 9 different Essex athletes all potiential 2012 Olympic hopefuls.

Chloe met Tim at Chelmer Park for her recording, he is eventually going to produce a multimedia installation for display in the Gibberd Gallery in Harlow and at Colchester United's Community Stadium.

'Journey to the Podium' brings together sport and art, with Chloe running a hockey coaching day at Chelmer Park for students from three schools in Chelmsford on Friday, 7th November 2009.

Essex County Council contiue to support athletes like Chloe, through their Team Essex scheme and this arts project pairs the county's top sporting talent with up and coming artists.

For a preview of some of the work Tim is doing with Chloe check out his personal website below.

Tim Skinner - Multimedia Installation Artist

BBC Essex: Essex athletes in new art project

Essex Coutny Council: Journey to the Podium