Bray and Owsley honoured by University of Birmingham

Owsley and Bray celebrate

Two of Great Britain’s gold medal winning hockey team were honoured by the University of Birmingham this week in a special ceremony to celebrate the success of the University’s Olympians.

At an event they dubbed ‘Road from Rio’ women's hockey gold medallists Lily Owsley and Sophie Bray were recognised for their achievements alongside some of the university’s other Olympians.

University of Birmingham Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir David Eastwood presented the athletes with commemorative medals, before passing the baton to BBC sports commentator Simon Brotherton to host a Q&A session for audience members to put their questions to the athletes.

Professor Sir David Eastwood said: “The University of Birmingham is delighted to celebrate the ultimate sporting achievements of our current and former students at this year’s Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“These were special and proud moments on campus during the summer and we believe that these exceptional achievements should be recognised by the University.”

Both Owsley, still a student at the university and Bray, a graduate took to Twitter to express their delight at the recognition received.

Further honours could follow for Owsley, Bray and their teammates as the Great Britain squad has been nominated for a Great Britain’s Choice award. Details on how to vote are here.