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Olympic selection for former Rotherham junior

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A journey in competitive hockey that started at Rotherham Hockey Club is about to take Tom Sorsby to Tokyo for the Olympics.

A former junior player in Rotherham, Tom currently plays his club hockey for Surbiton in London but started playing hockey at Chapeltown, before playing his junior competitive hockey in the Yorkshire Youth Hockey League at Rotherham. He later progressed to play National League hockey at Sheffield, Beeston and Nottingham University, before moving to London.

Tom only made his senior international debut in May 2019 but he has already become a pivotal figure in Danny Kerry’s teams.

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Robust in defence but also capable of playing a major part in attack, Tom has since gone on to appear in the EuroHockey Championships and the FIH Hockey Pro League, as well as helping GB qualify for Tokyo 2020.

Jon Bray, life member at Rotherham Hockey Club, said: “Tom will be the first Rotherham Hockey Club player to feature at an Olympics and it’s a great honour for the club to have been involved in Tom’s hockey journey and for him to be selected for largest multi-sport competition available.

“Tom’s Dad Pete or ‘Uncle Pete’ as he’s known to many, is heavily involved with the running of the club and we must thank Pete for introducing Tom to the club several years ago and he still brings him down to training whenever Tom’s back home. We’re all very proud to have played a small part in Tom’s success and send him our best wishes for Tokyo.

“For all aspiring athletes, Tom is an inspiration to all of us and it shows that if you work hard and have the right determination and motivation, your dreams can come true.”

GB’s Olympic tournament gets underway in Tokyo against South Africa on July 24.

Images: GB Hockey

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Tom Austen
Tom grew up in Aston, Rotherham and studied Human Geography at Nottingham Trent University before developing a passion for promoting Rotherham and a nose for a good story.

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