Olympic hockey hero opens new clubhouse in Wilmslow
An Olympic gold medal-winning hockey player, and one of the stars of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here 2016, was in Wilmslow this week.
Sam Quek opened the extended and refurbished clubhouse of Wilmslow Phoenix Sports Club at a special event held on Friday 20th January.
Sam tweeted while at the event:
Just arrived @WilmslowHockeyC to open their new club house! If you're in the area pop down to say hi and check out the new facility 👋🏼🏑☺️— Samantha Quek (@SamanthaQuek) January 20, 2017
The club is the home to a number of groups, including Wilmslow Hockey Club, Wilmslow Lacrosse Club and Wayfarers Cricket Club.
Originally planned to provide improved facilities for lady members, the project rapidly increased in scope to include a complete rewiring, as well as new lighting, flooring and heating plus a new lobby with increased storage space.
Phoenix chairman Richard Ollerenshaw praised the fund raising efforts of club members and particularly thanked the Wilmslow Half Marathon committee for its continuing support.
Sam was a member of the GB team who beat the Netherlands to secure GB's first women’s hockey gold medal in the Rio Olympics.
She is now back playing national league hockey for Cheshire side Bowdon Hightown, but took time out of her busy training schedule to help celebrate yet another milestone in Phoenix Club's development.
Whilst there, Sam posed for photos with member and wished the Wilmslow club success for the remainder of the season.
Wilmslow Men’s hockey teams are currently enjoying their most successful ever season with the 1s, 2 and 3 all top of their leagues and 4s lying third.
Wilmslow Ladies’ second team are also enjoying their most successful season, as they are undefeated and 10 points clear at the top of the league. The Ladies’ first and third teams are also enjoying the season with continued success.