McIntyre and Robertson join Great Britain programme

Gordon McIntrye in action for Scotland at the London Cup

Scotland Internationals Sarah Robertson and Gordon McIntyre have been added to the Great Britain Central Programme.

Robertson, who recently captained her country for the first time in early November, has been playing for KHC Leuven in Belgium for the first half of the season and has 52 caps for Scotland.

“I am absolutely delighted to be included in the Great Britain squad in the lead up to Rio 2016. After experiencing two summers of training full time with the Scotland team I am really looking forward to this challenge and feel ready to take this next step in my hockey career. I am really grateful for the support of the University of Edinburgh and Winning students; both allowing me to commit to life as a full time athlete.” said the former Edinburgh University player.

McIntyre has impressed after attending a number of training session in the wake of Glasgow 2014, leading to being offered a spot to join the set up in January 2015.

He started his hockey at Greenock hockey club before moving to National League champions Kelburne. He now plays down for Beeston Hockey Club in England, winning the NOW: Pensions Men’s Championship last season.

McIntyre said: “I'm really looking forward to having the opportunity to concentrate wholly on my hockey and physical development instead of balancing working life with training. I am looking forward to Rio, I know it will be an extremely tough programme and will have to make big improvements to have a chance for Olympic selection (if we qualify at the World League in June).”

‘It's a great honour to play for Great Britain and I have immense pride that I have been given the chance. It has always been my dream to play at an Olympics and if I can keep on improving then who knows what can happen.’

He joins fellow Scots Chris Grassick and Dan Coultas who are already part of the Great Britain programme, where they are full time athletes.