Old Loughtonians player Harry Martin selected for Team GB hockey squad at London 2012 Olympics

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Harry Martin has been included in the hockey squad to represent Team GB at London 2012.

The Old Loughtonians player was given the nod and was among the 16 players selected for the Olympic squad today.

Aged just 19, the Ipswich-born star will be the youngster player in the group but it is a squad packed full of international experience.

The men’s team are currently ranked fourth in the world and narrowly missed out on a place in the semi finals last time out in Beijing, claiming fifth place.

Twelve members of the squad were part of the England side that won European gold for the for the first time in 2009, while many were also involved as England won silver at the 2010 Champions Trophy and bronze at the 2011 EuroHockey Nations Championship.

Speaking on his selection, an overjoyed Martin explained: “It’s such an honour to be a part of Team GB. “Although it hasn’t completely sunk in yet, competing at a home Olympics is a once in a lifetime chance and I am very excited. I owe a lot of thanks to everyone who has supported me, especially my family, friends and sponsors. “It has been a privilege to be part of such a strong training squad with such a dedicated coaching team.

“Those of us that have been fortunate enough to be selected will do everything to make the rest proud.”

The British squad will take on Australia, Spain, Pakistan, Argentina and South Africa in Pool A with the top two teams progressing to the semi finals.

In preparation, they will also take in a tri-nation event in Santander against Spain and India between July 14-18.

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