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72 year old North Walsham man earns England cap

Just Regional
Jan 9, 2013 2 mins read

A Norfolk hockey player who won his debut international cap this summer at the age of 72 is encouraging people of all ages to find out more about taking part in the sport.

Chris Wildee won a silver medal with his colleagues in the England LX team in the Tournament Trophy at this year’s Grand Masters Hockey World Cup.
The event, held in Oxford in August, featured 41 teams from 12 countries across various age groups, with Chris playing for the over 70s.
“It was a lot of fun to play in Oxford with people who are ex-Olympians and have played at the very highest level for many years,” he said.
“In general playing for England LX means clocking up a lot of miles, we travel all over the country for midweek and Sunday matches.
“Every game is an away one for me – Reading, St Albans, Birmingham – but every mile is worth it.”
Back at home in Norfolk, Chris is captain of the third team at North Walsham  Hockey Club, which plays its games on Saturdays on the artificial turf at Cromer Sports Centre, on the site of Cromer Academy.
Playing at goalkeeper, Chris is also club president and very keen on encouraging younger players to come along and find out about the sport.
“The LX games and the North Walsham games are like chalk and cheese, requiring different skills and levels of reflexes,” said Chris, who lives at Knapton.
“I very much enjoy both, but my real love is to see the youngsters coming in and learning the game.
“I started myself at 16 years old, so have been playing for more than 50 years. If I’ve managed to keep at it for so long, hopefully that must prove that there’s fun to be had playing hockey.”
For more information log on to www.northwalshamhockey. co.uk.

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