Alex Danson-Bennett is one of Britain’s best known hockey players. Since making her England debut aged 16, Alex collected an exceptional 306 Great Britain (GB) and England caps and 115 international goals scored over an 18-year career, winning Olympic and European Gold, Commonwealth Silver, and World and Olympic Bronze medals.
At Rio 2016, Alex was the vice-captain of the GB women’s hockey team that made history by winning the first ever gold medal in the sport—as well as being top scorer in the competition. After becoming Captain in 2017, Alex led the England team out in front of 10,000 fans at the Hockey World Cup in London in 2018.
Following this World Cup, Alex sustained a mild brain injury on holiday in Kenya that resulted in two years of challenging recovery. After a brief return to play again, in 2020 Alex retired from International Hockey due to the ongoing impact of her injury. Now a hockey coach and reflecting on her own concussion experience, Alex advocates for more research into the cause and effect of injury so that solutions can be developed to lower the injury risk in hockey and other sports.
Following her retirement in 2020, Alex continues her work within the sports world and has taken up several roles at leading sports organisations, including as a Senior Athlete Mentor for the Youth Sport Trust and member of the Board of Commonwealth Games England. Alex is also an Ambassador for England Hockey.