Armagh Welcome Zoe Wilson
Armagh Welcome Silver Medalist Zoe to Hockey Club.
Armagh Hockey Club proudly welcomed Hockey World Cup Silver Medalist Zoe Wilson to Ardmore on Tuesday evening with a special U13 guard of honour and a rapturous round of applause for their hockey hero.
Players and parents were treated to a first-hand insight into the heroics of the Irish women’s senior hockey team who recently stunned the world by reaching the world cup final and winning a runners-up silver medal. The green army shocked the world by dismissing the USA, India, topping their group, beating India for a second time in the knock out stages and also seeing off Spain to reach the final against Holland, with only one defeat to England. One of the stalwarts was defender and 21yr old Zoe Wilson from Antrim who has recently came on-board to coach with Armagh Hockey Club u13 girl’s team for the forthcoming season.
Speaking at the reception Michael Dickson Armagh Hockey Club, President said: “We are excited and indebted to Zoe for coming to Ardmore this evening to speak with our players and parents about her world cup experiences and sharing her medal and signing autographs. Zoe and her Irish team mates played so well and really captured the heart of everyone in Ireland. We at Armagh Hockey Club were cheering the girls during every game and we all felt a tremendous sense of pride when the reached the final. The icing on the cake for us was watching Zoe and knowing that she would be our u13 head coach this season and would be such an inspiration to our young players.”
Irish Senior Hockey Player Zoe Wilson commented: “I was really humbled by the reception at Armagh Hockey Club. Everyone was so nice. Their interest and eagerness to hear our story was so sincere and heartfelt. I would like to thank Niall McCool for the kind invitation to come and coach at Armagh and extend my appreciation to Michael Dickson for his kinds words of welcome and especially to the players and parents for coming and giving me that amazing guard of honour. I am really looking forward to getting started and to help develop and fulfil their potential of these amazing young girls.”
Niall McCool, Armagh Hockey Club, Acting Chairman remarked: “I have known Zoe for a few years and she has also played against me when I coached Armagh in previously. Even back then as a teenager you could see her quality and attributes as a player. She has worked extremely hard and dedicated herself to playing at the top level at such a young age. Zoe represents everything good about hockey and she plays with such passion and courage. She has everything needed to succeed at the highest level and most importantly is such a grounded and genuine person. These characteristics are exactly the ingredients we want our young ladies to inherit and work hard to achieve. We are all excited to have Zoe as part of our coaching team, now in the ladies 60th Anniversary season.”