‘Melly from the Telly’ tackles the Glasgow Commonweath Games

'Melly from the Telly’ shows off her commentating skills
‘Melly from the Telly’ shows off her commentating skills

Kent Sport staff have been busy this summer, not only coming up with new activities for Kent staff and students, but also applying their sporting skills and experience beyond campus.

Mel Clewlow, Kent Sport’s Sports Development Manager, is no stranger to the best of the best in sport. As a double Olympian, she’s seen just about everything when it comes to professional hockey.

In addition to her pre-season preparation for the forthcoming national premier league hockey season, which sees Canterbury Ladies competing in Europe next Easter, Mel Clewlow was commentating at the recent Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

Mel is the perfect candidate to commentate at the games, having played at three Commonwealth Games (1998 to 2006) and coming away with three medals. The game of hockey is constantly evolving with new rules being introduced, so broadcasting this across the world is really important. This year saw England competing against Australia in the gold medal match. England was 11 seconds away from winning the illusive gold medal when Australia drew level and a penalty shoot out began! Unfortunately for England, they came away with the silver medal. England have always been highly successful but are still awaiting the top podium position. Who knows what the future will hold!

The next trip for Mel will be the Champions Trophy in Argentina in November where the top six teams in the world play against each other. This is another opportunity to promote the game of hockey and entice more young athletes to take part.

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