Maddie is one of hockey’s biggest stars. The current World Number One female goalkeeper, she has amassed more than one hundred caps for England and Great Britain. Maddie saved all four penalties in the final of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics against the Netherlands, which saw Team GB take home a memorable Gold medal. A flag-bearer for youth participation in hockey, her ambition is to retain the no.1 jersey for Team GB and secure another Gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Team GB and England hockey goalkeeper
Rio 2016 Gold medal winner
World Best hockey Goal Keeper 2016 & 2017
Next, Maddie will be aiming to retain her jersey and represent Great Britain in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
It’s just hard work, grit and determination.
One thing Maddie doesn’t make room for is hockey balls. She’s World Number One female goalkeeper and has over 100 caps for England and Great Britain.
Not only that, but the famous penalty-shoot out against Holland in the 2016 Olympic games saw Maddie shine as a hero, saving penalties and coming home with a Gold medal for Team GB.
Maddie began her relationship with hockey at school after a PE teacher saw her dramatic ducking and diving whilst fielding a game of rounders. She started her professional career at Exmouth HC, and from there worked her way up to an international debut in 2008 and a silver medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Maddie’s career has not always been smooth sailing however, after a few set-backs at youth level and narrowly missing out on a place in the Great British Squad for the Olympic Games on home turf in 2012.
Be unstoppable, be the best
Maddie is now the current World Number One female goalkeeper and has over one hundred caps for England and Great Britain. Maddie has a degree in Sport & Exercise Science from Loughborough University and currently plays for Dutch side Stichtsche, based in Utrecht.
Maddie is at the top of her game and continues to play a pivotal role in international tournaments, including England’s gold medal triumph at the EuroHockey Championships 2015 and Rio 2016, where she saved all four penalties to claim the historic gold for GB and Olympic Champion status.
I won’t be beaten.
Maddie’s story makes your hair stand on end when you hear it from her own perspective. She was knocked down for being too small and set as third reserve time and time again. But when she got the opportunity to play, by luck, she knew she had the spirit, skill and knowledge to succeed.
Maddie is dedicated, charming and passionate. Her family, friends and team around her are enablers that allow her to be the best she can be. Just as we are with our customers and partners, enabling them to be ‘Free to Perform’ and be as successful as they can be.
A gathering of 9’s key mobile partners hit the heights last month when they were invited to a luncheon at London’s Shard where Maddie told the story of her career so far and her Olympic win.
“I just knew where they were going to place their shots. It’s all in the preparation,” recalled the 29-year-old who, before the shootout began, pulled out a little black book with notes on the opposition. “I knew everything about them but it was intended to psyche them out and I guess it worked,” she told Adam Cathcart, who relished his role as sports interviewer for the day.
The shoot-out is something I live for.