The London 2012 Olympic Games were a huge success as for the first time in history, both Great Britain teams qualified for the semi-finals. The women finished third overall, claiming the bronze medal (their first medal in 20 years) and the men matched their world ranking by finishing fourth.
London 2012 showcased hockey to the world like never before. Every minute of every match was shown live by the BBC and an incredible 630,000 ticket holders witnessed live the speed, agility and incredible skills of the world’s top international hockey stars on the iconic blue and pink pitch at the Riverbank Arena. A yellow ball was used to contrast against the pitch and provide spectators with the best possible viewing experience.
As well as 32 British athletes representing their country, Great Britain Hockey was immensely proud of the five British umpires and officials selected to officiate at London 2012. They are umpires Ged Curran (who umpired the men's final match between Germany and Netherlands), Hamish Jamson, Nathan Stagno and Frances Block and judge Sheila Morrow.