Kerry targets more GB women hockey success

Kerry targets more GB women hockey success
By Sportsbeat

Danny Kerry has challenged Great Britain's women's hockey team to build on Olympic gold and become serial winners after he was named Coach of the Year at the inaugural Team GB awards on Wednesday.

Kerry steered his team to a dramatic penalty shoot-out victory against the Netherlands in Rio, equalling the men's achievement in 1988.

The team won three of the five awards on offer at the awards ceremony, including the BBC Moment of the Games award and Great Britain's Choice award.

While tipped to go far in the competition, GB were not fancied for gold before the Games began, and Kerry now wants to make his team one of the dominant forces in the game.

"This is the icing on the cake and it's been a spectacular evening for the team and the staff," he said.

"At the Games we prepared ourselves well and when it all comes together it really is something special. "I'm very proud of the girls – it really is something exceptional. The challenge now is winning after winning and I'm really excited about that."

Elsewhere, five-time Olympic medallist Katherine Grainger won the Olympians' Olympian award following her retirement from rowing.

Grainger won double sculls gold in 2012, before winning silver in Rio alongside Victoria Thornley.

"I've been part of Team GB for 20 years now and it's the most fun, inspiring and wonderful team I could imagine," she said.

"The great thing for me over the last five Olympic Games is that as rowers we finish in the first week so it's been an absolute pleasure to be the biggest super fan during the second week for the last 20 years."

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