| Chloe Rogers is a twenty-one year old England and English Hockey Premier League player from the UK. She won a Bronze Medal as part of the England Hockey Team in Australia back in March 2006 at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. Chloe scored the final England Penalty Flick in the Bronze Medal play-off final. |
Since then she has played in the World Cup Qualifying Tournament in Italy and scored the winning goal of the semi-final against the USA Hockey team in the last minute of extra time. This victory sent England through to the final. BBC match report … http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/other_sports/hockey/4974700.stm.
The England Hockey Team are now training and preparing for the Womens' Hockey World Cup taking place in Madrid from 26th September 2006. The team selection for the competition should be published tomorrow (Wednesday, 21st August 2006).
As an International Hockey player she has to follow a very strict diet and train many times a week to maintain her fitness. This requires dedication and commitment, but if you want to be an elite athlete you have to do this. Chloe can talk about her four trips-a-week to the gym, running sessions and the types of foods she can and cannot eat. Her favourite dish is pasta with vegetables such as sweetcorn, very simple to create and make. She can talk about the types of sacrifices that elite athletes have to make to get to the top level of their
With the issue of female sports being in the news at the moment, such as Wimbledon Female Champions being paid less than their male counterparts and the issue of Womens' Football being raised by Tessa Jowell with the Football Association - Chloe thinks that Womens' Hockey is very much on the up in terms of publicity, and it's participation. This is in part thanks to the recent success of the England Womens' Team.
2007, has kick-off with your first two caps for the Great Britain hockey team – what does this mean for you and how is it different to being in the England hockey team?
| ||Is it strange playing on the same team with Welsh and Scottish hockey players, who, only a short while ago you were playing against?|
At first it was a bit strange when we met up for the first time at a training camp but as time goes on and we got to know each other better, it was nice to have new characters which bought a new environment to the squad .
Is your ambition to be a part of an Olympics?
Yes defiantly, it has been an ambition of mine since I was a child, to compete at an Olympics and hopefully win a Gold medal.
March 2006 Commonwealth Games
What was it like when you found out you were going to the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne?
I couldn’t really believe it, I wasn’t too confident about making the squad and was preparing myself for the down fall. If you weren’t picked, you would receive a phone call on the day the squad was announced, I was constantly checking my phone and praying it didn’t ring, got to the evening and then received a text message saying congratulations on your selection for the Commonwealth Games team.
Talk us through your first two goals for the England Senior Ladies team against Scotland (England won 5-nil) …
My first goal was pleasing as it was what we had been working on in training for a while. I won the ball on the 25 yard line passed it infield to my team-mate then carried on running in to the circle to collect the ball back again then lifted it over the sliding goal keeper. I was lucky enough to get another goal in that game in the first minute after half-time. This goal was just in the right place at the right time and finished off.
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September/October 2006 women’s World Cup in Madrid:
How is the World Cup different to say the Commonwealth Games?
How important is the support of friends and family to your success?
Who are the best hockey teams in the world, would you say based on this tournament?
And some of the best players of women’s hockey in the world are…
What was it like playing Germany (The Olympic Champions) twice?
Talk us through your wonder goal on the last day of the tournament against Germany when England won 2-1…
Were you pleased by England’s performance in the competition?
What about your own? (England’s top goal scorer for the Madrid World Cup on two)
How did you start out in hockey?
Is hockey an easy sport for youngsters to get into in the UK?
Is it important to have strong female role models for young people in sport?
Is hockey a sport that places equal emphasis on the women’s and men’s game – or do you find the women’s game is sometimes second to the men’s?
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