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Alex Danson
MBE
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Alex Danson in 2013
Personal information
Full name Alexandra Mary Louise Danson-Bennett
Born 21 May 1985 (1985-05-21) (age 36)
Southampton, Hampshire, England
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Weight 56 kg (123 lb)
Playing position Forward
National team
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2018 England 203 (62)
2010–2018 Great Britain 103 (53)

Alexandra "Alex" Mary Louise Danson, MBE (born 21 May 1985) is a retired English international field hockey player who played as a forward for England and Great Britain. She played club hockey for Clifton Robinsons, Reading, Klein Zwitserland, Trojans and Alton.

Danson attended two independent schools, Yateley Manor Prep School and Farnborough Hill School, a Roman Catholic school for girls. Farnborough Hill School named their all-weather hockey pitch in her honour. She made her full international debut on 23 October 2001 against Germany. She won a gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games and a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympic Games.

Danson was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to hockey. Later that year Danson was announced as the England Women's Hockey Captain in June 2017 and led the team through to the last four in the semi-finals of the world league. Also in 2017, Danson launched the Alex Danson Hockey Academy, aimed at introducing young children to the sport through their schools to increase awareness and participation in hockey at a grassroots level.

She played her last international match on 2 August 2018, against the Netherlands. It was her 306th appearance for England and Great Britain. Danson announced her retirement from playing hockey on 20 February 2020.

Honours and awards

Honours

Representing Great Britain

Olympic Games

  • 2016 Rio de Janeiro: Gold
  • 2012 London: Bronze

FIH Champions Trophy

  • 2012 Rosario: Silver
Representing England

EuroHockey Nations Championship

  • 2015 London: Gold
  • 2013 Boom: Silver
  • 2011 Monchengladbach: Bronze
  • 2009 Amstelveen: Bronze
  • 2007 Manchester: Bronze
  • 2005 Dublin: Bronze

Commonwealth Games

  • 2014 Glasgow: Silver
  • 2010 Delhi: Bronze
  • 2006 Melbourne: Bronze

World Cup

  • 2010 Rosario: Bronze

FIH Champions Trophy

  • 2010 Nottingham: Bronze

FIH Champions Challenge I

  • 2007 Baku: Bronze
  • 2002 Johannesburg: Gold
Country
  • London Cup Winner: 2012
  • London Cup Third-place: 2011
Reading Hockey Club
  • EuroHockey Club Champions Trophy Winners: 2013
  • EuroHockey Indoor Club Trophy Runners-up: 2014
  • Women's England Hockey League Winners: 2010–11, 2012–13; Runners-up: 2011–12
  • English Indoor Championship Winners: 2012–13, 2013–14; Runners-up: 2010–11, 2011–12
  • English League (regular season) Winners: 2011–12
  • English Indoor League (regular season) Third-place: 2013–14

Awards and nominations

  • 2001 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Young Personality (runner-up)
  • 2011 FIH World All Star Team
  • 2011 Reading Sports Personality of Year
  • 2011 UK Female Player of the Year (Hockey Writers' Club)
  • 2011–12 Premier League Player of the Season
  • 2011–12 Premier League Top Scorer
  • 2011–12 Premier League All Star Team
  • 2012 UK Female Player of the Year (Hockey Writers' Club) (runner-up)
  • 2012 London Cup Player of the Tournament
  • 2014–15 FIH Hockey World League Semi-finals Player of the Tournament
  • 2015 EuroHockey Nations Championship Player of the Tournament
  • 2015 Committee Award (Sports Journalists' Association)
  • 2015 Sportswoman of the Year (Sports Journalists' Association) (4th place)
  • 2015 UK Female Player of the Year (Hockey Writers' Club) (third-place)
  • 2015 FIH Women's Player of the Year (International Hockey Federation) (nominated)
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