England Hockey duo lead charge to bring Commonwealth Games medals back to Ipswich

Harry Martin, right, and George Pinner

Harry Martin, right, and George Pinner

Harry Martin and George Pinner will lead the charge to bring gold back to Ipswich, as England expects at the Commonwealth Games.

The former Ipswich School duo represent the town’s biggest hope of winning a medal in Glasgow and Martin knows just how well that would be received.

“Myself and George Pinner don’t live there (Ipswich) for long periods at the moment, but it is where we are from,” said Martin.

“We know how much Ipswich and the county really get behind us and we appreciate that, it definitely resonates with us.

“We would love to bring a medal back home.”

The duo have already claimed a bronze medal at the World League Hockey Finals in January as well as finishing fourth at the World Cup earlier this month.

England play Trinidad & Tobago (tomorrow, 7pm), Mauritus (Sunday), New Zealand (Tuesday) and Canada (Thursday), prior to the classification and medal matches beginning.

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“We really want to be in that final,” added Martin.

“It’s not going to be easy but if we can play to our potential, we will definitely be in contention.”

Elsewhere, former Team Ipswich swimmer Lewis Coleman, will be in action on July 25, 27 and 29.

The 22-year-old ex-Kesgrave High School pupil spent a number of his formative years living in Woodbridge and Colchester and will compete in the 200m freestyle, 200m IM and 4x200m relay.

“I’ve a few personal goals and my first aim will be to make the final, but it’s my first senior finals and that’s a great thing to achieve,” said Coleman.

Finally, Ipswich Harriers’ heptathlete Katy Sealy will be flying the flag for Belize.

The 23-year-old former Farlingaye High School pupil, qualifies through her dad, David and competed at the Games in India four years ago, suffering an agonising injury which curtailed her involvement in the heptathlon.

“I’m going to Glasgow for myself and Belize. I won’t be challenging for medals but I want to break my personal best,” said Bawdsey-based Sealy.

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