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Sophie Charlotte Bray, MBE (born 12 May 1990) is an English international field hockey player who played as a forward for England and Great Britain.[1] [2]

Sophie Bray
MBE
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Personal information
Born (1990-05-12) 12 May 1990 (age 29)
Grasse, France
Height 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
Weight 61 kg (134 lb)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current club East Grinstead
National team
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2019 England 86 (28)
2014–2019 Great Britain 48 (16)

She currently plays club hockey in the Investec Women's Hockey League Premier Division for East Grinstead.

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Personal lifeEdit

Bray lives in Claygate, Surrey but was born in France where her father worked as a marketing consultant. Back in England she played tennis and football at local clubs, representing Surrey at tennis aged 11. She gave up playing tennis and played football for Fulham Ladies, because she preferred a team sport. She was educated at Tiffin Girls' School, Kingston upon Thames joining Surbiton Hockey Club during her time at the school, initially playing for the colts aged 16, before progressing to the senior team.

She attended University of Birmingham where she studied Psychology.[3][4]

CareerEdit

Bray competed for England in the women's hockey tournament at the 2014 Commonwealth Games where she won a silver medal,[5] and was a member of the Investec sponsored winning team at the EuroHockey Championships in 2015.

In 2016, she competed for Team GB in the women's Olympic field hockey tournament at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, where Team GB won gold in the final against the Netherlands after a penalty shoot out.

Bray was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to hockey.[6][7]

Bray has also played for Surbiton, Uni of Birmingham and in the Netherlands for MOP Hockey Club, Vught, near Eindhoven and most recently Kampong.

On 4 February 2019, Bray announced her retirement from international hockey. During her international career she scored 44 goals and made 134 appearances for England and Great Britain.[8]

Honours & achievementsEdit

InternationalEdit

Great BritainEdit

EnglandEdit

IndividualEdit

  • Investec Women's Hockey League Player of the Season 2018–2019[14]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Team England profile
  2. ^ http://www.greatbritainhockey.co.uk/player.asp?itemid=8440&itemTitle=Sophie+Bray&section=1091
  3. ^ Bray on the England Hockey website
  4. ^ "Hockey, tennis, soccer, she's a star at them all".
  5. ^ "Sophie Bray biography".
  6. ^ "No. 61803". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2016. p. N16.
  7. ^ "New Year's Honours list 2017" (PDF). Gov.uk. Government Digital Service. 30 December 2016. p. 48. Retrieved 31 December 2016.
  8. ^ "Sophie Bray: Rio Olympic gold medallist retires from international hockey". BBC. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  9. ^ "Rio 2016 Olympics hockey results". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  10. ^ "EuroHockey Championships 2015: Results and tables". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  11. ^ "Glasgow 2014: Australia beat England in shootout to win gold". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  12. ^ "England lose tense women's hockey semi-final against New Zealand". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  13. ^ "Eurohockey 2017: men's and women's results & standings". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  14. ^ "Players and teams of the year voting results announced". englandhockey.co.uk. Retrieved 17 April 2019.