Munro aims to make mark for Team Wales after making switch

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Munro is hoping to help Team Wales to top their Gold Coast 2018 efforts, their best ever Games
Munro is hoping to help Team Wales to top their Gold Coast 2018 efforts, their best ever Games

By Matt Wright, Sportsbeat

Holly Munro is aiming to make her mark on senior international hockey after switching allegiances to Wales for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The 23-year-old, who is originally from Richmond in south London, represented England up to Under-21 level and competed for them in the 2016 Junior World Cup in Chile.

But now the University of Birmingham graduate is raring to go for the nation of her mother at her former home ground.

She said: “It was back in November last year. I’d known Kevin Johnson, their coach, for quite a long time and he knew that I had some Welsh background.

“It was actually me who got in touch with him and asked him if there would be a possibility [to play for Wales] and he said he would look into it, and obviously I am eligible, so it was about getting that process sorted.

“He said to come along to train and trial and see how I went and here I am now, eight months later, going to a Commonwealth Games which is absolutely mental.

“I feel very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to play at a level that I’ve always wanted to play at with an up-and-coming team, with the progression Wales have had in the last few years.

“I feel like we’ve got a really good opportunity to play some high-ranked teams, get some ranking points and show everybody what we’re capable of.”

This summer, Team Wales, supported by funding raised by National Lottery players, will comprise of over 200 athletes, and having secured her place on the squad, Munro is looking for medal success.

And with the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games set to inspire people and communities across the country this summer, Munro hopes sharing her story will give others motivation to get involved in sport and turn their dreams into reality.

Munro already knows some of her international colleagues as she plays alongside them at her club, Clifton Robinsons, having moved to Bristol to study Forensic Psychology with Counselling at the University of Bath.

Her long-term goal is to break back into the reckoning with Great Britain, having previously been called into their squad in 2019, but for now is focussing on what is her first major international championship at senior level.

Munro said: “Living in Bristol means I’m less than an hour from Cardiff, so it’s been so nice being a bit more local and being able to spend a bit more time with the girls.

“We’ve got quite a big Welsh cohort at Clifton Robinsons and we get to play with each other so much because we’re obviously training together twice a week then playing at the weekend.

“You get to know how people play, so that’s really beneficial when we go and play with the Welsh team because you have a better idea what people are going to do and how people like to play.

“Being able to integrate with all the people who are at Clifton as well has been helpful as well because I already knew so many people going into the Welsh setup."

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