Crewe Hockey star says Tokyo 2020 is his “last chance”

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Former Crewe Vagrants Hockey Player and England Centre Half Henry Weir says the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be his last.

Crewe's England Hockey Player Henry Weir (BBC Radio Stoke)
Crewe’s England Hockey Player Henry Weir (BBC Radio Stoke)

The 29-year-old was part of the team who disappointed finishing 9th in the 2016 Rio games.

“It was a difficult experience that I learnt a lot from. We really backed ourselves to at least a medal match and got knocked out in the group stages.

“I struggled for a long time after that to get to grips with that and come to terms with what had happened, I’d worked for this tournament all my life, it was a really tough one.

“How I look at goals has changed since then, I find it difficult to think of Rio.”

Weir spend the early days of his career at the Crewe Vagrants Hockey club, living in Willaston.

He now lives in London and is full-time with the GB Hockey team.

He says the team are determined to achieve Olympic success, like Shelton’s Imran Sherwani did in the 1988 Seoul Games.

“It would be absolutely amazing, there are names people know and recognise from there now which doesn’t happen anymore.

“It would give us a reach to reach other people’s lives, by getting success at Tokyo, it would enable us to do that.”

Weir admits it’s now or never for him in his hockey career.

“We’ve got a talented group, I don’t know what the formula is, that’s the hardest bit.

“We’re getting better – we beach the current gold medallists Argentina recently in their own back yard.”

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