Shona McCallin MBE
Shona McCallin MBE is a GB and England hockey midfielder and Olympic gold medallist.
Her passion for the sport started at the age of just six years old, when she joined Newark Hockey Club. In 2007 and aged 15, Shona made her international debut for England, which was to be the first of an impressive 85 caps as a member of the junior squad.
Scoring 13 goals and winning multiple medals along the way, Shona’s success also included captaining the England u21 team to fourth place – and the highest ever finish for the side – at the Junior World Cup in 2013.
During this time, Shona attended Tilburg University in Holland and trained under the leadership of Toon Siepman, a former international hockey player turned coach who has worked with men’s and women’s national teams worldwide.
Shona won her first major accolade at senior level with a gold medal at the EuroHockey Championships in 2015. In 2016, she achieved her 50th combined international appearance for GB and England at the Olympic final in Rio, where Team GB won its first ever Olympic gold medal in the sport in a match that was watched by over 9 million viewers on BBC One.
Outside of hockey, Shona loves cooking and sport of all kinds. She is also an active volunteer for Independent Age UK.