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Sam Ward

England and Great Britain hockey player

Sam Ward has played as a forward for the England and Great Britain team since 2014. He has established himself as one of the most effective attackers and top scorers in world hockey, helping England win a bronze medal at the 2018 and 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Across his career Sam has experienced multiple injuries, including a career-threatening incident during an Olympic qualifier against Malaysia in 2019 when a hockey ball shattered his eye socket, causing impaired vision in his left eye. Following a lengthy recovery, Sam returned to the Great Britain (GB) training programme in 2020 and secured a place in the GB Olympic hockey squad. Sam now wears a specially designed face mask when he plays hockey to protect his eye and the upper portion of his face post-injury.

After this eye injury in 2019, Sam returned to hockey and went on to compete with GB in the FIH Pro League matches in May 2021. He finished as the joint-highest scorer with six goals at the 2021 EuroHockey Championships with England, before adding five more to his name with GB at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, despite playing through the Games with a broken hand. Sam returned to the game following hand surgery in October 2021 and went on to compete and win Bronze in the 2022 Commonwealth Games. He continues to play for Old Georgians in England Hockey’s Premier Division.

Sam Ward talks about his career-threatening injury