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Alex Danson MBE

Alex Danson MBE

It's affected all I do, how I think, what I feel and how I behave.
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Alex Danson MBE is one of the finest hockey players Britain has ever produced and was credited as one of the hardest working and talented on the World Stage. Alex competed in 3 Olympics, 4 Commonwealth Games, 5 World Cups and 8 European Championships.

At Rio 2016 Alex was vice-captain of the GB women’s hockey team that made history by winning a Gold medal, the first time a GB women’s hockey team had ever become Olympic Champions. She made her senior international debut at the age of just 16 whilst still at school, amassed 306 caps for her country, and scored a record equalling 115 goals over an international career spanning 18 years.

Alex was shortlisted for the FIH World Player of the Year 4 times, was Player of the Tournament at the 2015 European Championships, and was top scorer at both the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games. In 2017 she was made captain of GB and England.

Alex retired from international hockey in February 2019 after suffering a mild traumatic brain injury whilst on holiday with her Husband in Kenya. Her well documented injury has seen head injury protocols improved within elite sport and she is passionate about raising awareness and supporting others with similar injuries.

Alex has now become a Headway Ambassador, working alongside the charity to raise awareness of brain injury to improve the support that is offered to the thousands of people who are affected across the UK. 

In this moving film, Alex shares her journey of recovery from the devastating consequences of her injury, the invaluable support she receives from her family and her hopes for the future.


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