Before going to Rio, Team GB’s Sam Quek promised her 95-year-old grandmother to bring the gold medal back!

Upon return to the United Kingdom, Sam Quek, who won the gold medal at Rio 2016 with Team GB, paid an emotional visit to her 95-year-old grandmother who suffered a stroke while she was competing in Rio. Sam Quek, a member of Team GB’s successful women’s hockey team, was told her grandmother, Dolly, had suffered a stroke after playing in Saturday’s final.

By Pablo Mendoza

Pablo Mendoza is an FIH Hockey Academy Educator and the owner of A Hockey World. Contact: pablo@ahockeyworld.net


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Her family decided not to tell her earlier. Team GB flew in to Heathrow on a specially chartered plane on Tuesday morning to great fanfare, however Sam decided to catch a flight to Manchester Airport straight away to visit Dolly in hospital in Wirral.

 

Speaking to her grandmother after arriving at the hospital ward, she said: “I wanted to come up here and see you. I’ve left the team in London. You were my priority, Nanna, to coming back.” They shared an emotional embrace when Sam entered the ward, and holding back tears, she told her grandmother: “I promised you, didn’t I, that I’d come back with a gold medal and I’m so so glad that you can see it now.”


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