Old Worksopian is hungry for glory

England player Adam Dixon, formerly a Worksop College student
England player Adam Dixon, formerly a Worksop College student
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Despite only just returning to hockey training this week, Adam Dixon already has his eyes on his next major outing with England, insisting he is hungry for more silverware.

The former Worksop College pupil was part of the team which beat New Zealand in a penalty shootout to take bronze at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this summer.

It helped to ease the pain of a fourth-place finish at the World Cup earlier in the summer, while Dixon also suffered a similar fate at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

The midfielder, who is a part of the England Hockey Centralised Training programme, reported back for his first session since Glasgow on Monday morning.

And with the Champions Trophy in India in December the next big target, Dixon is hoping England’s Commonwealth Games success can mark the start of a medal rush.

“I dread to think how our experience of the Commonwealths would have changed if we hadn’t of won that bronze medal match,” he said.

“It might have been fantastic for everyone watching but it was nerve wracking stuff in the penalty shootout with the Kiwis.”

“It was such a huge relief to finally win a medal after such a long time away from that kind of success. I’m just hoping that it spurs us to use those emotions and experiences when winning to go and do it again.”

“We’ve been a threat at every competition we’ve been to, it’s just been a case of trying to get that one medal and hopefully now that spurs us on to a few more.”

“We haven’t spoken a great deal about the Champions Trophy as we’ve only just come back into training but we’ll definitely go there with a good few months of training under our belts and we’re looking to go there and win as many games as we can and hopefully get another medal.”

Dixon has enjoyed double penalty shootout success in 2014 with his club side Beeston also defending their NOW: Pension’s Men’s Hockey League Premier Division title with victory over East Grinstead last season.

And the Beeston captain admits he cannot wait to swing back into action against Canterbury on 13th September as he looks to get back up to speed for both club and country.

“I love playing in the league competition, it’s where I started,” he added.

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