Kate Middleton at the Olympic Park
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Well Kate Middleton certainly looked the part as she visted the Olympic site in her capacity as an ambassador for the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. She specifically requested to meet the hockey team as she enjoyed playing the sport on the left wing at her school, Marlborough College.
The Duchess met team captains Kate Walsh and Barry Middleton, who joked that he was always asked if he was a relation, as well as Emily Maguire and Niall Stott. Picking up a stick for the first time since leaving school, she took three shots from the left hand side of the goal – all missed – and then moved to a central position, where she actually hit the target.
Afterwards Kate Walsh said: ‘Actually she was really good. She told me that she missed playing as part of a team.
‘She also told me that she used to hit the penalty corners and you could see that. She got low and her shots were really sweet.
‘We put her too far out to the left on goal but we was determined to keep going until she got one in.
‘It takes a bit of getting used to after such a long time away from the game.’
As she left, the Duchess said: ‘I really hoped to be here, I would love to see you play in the games.
‘Now I have seen the set up and got to see behind the scenes it would be really exciting to come back and see everyone in action. Good luck with everything.’
Great Britain’s men’s and women’s teams are both ranked fourth in the world, and with six weeks to go until final squad selection, are considered serious medal prospects.