Wirral's Olympic hero Sam Quek says thanks to Clatterbridge

Wirral's Olympic gold medalist Sam Quek has told us why Clatterbridge was her first stop after Rio.

The 27 year old field hockey player made headlines for heading straight to the hospital to see her nan after landing in Manchester.

Sam Quek at Radio Clatterbridge

And Sam made a special detour from her national TV appearances and media interviews to return to the health park to speak to Radio Clatterbridge.

The defender, who won her medal for Team GB after beating the Netherlands in the Women's Tournament final, spoke to presenter Steve Evans for our sports programme Saturday Sequence.

She thanked the medical staff at Clatterbridge for looking after her 95-year-old grandmother who suffered a stroke while she was competing in Rio.

And we're pleased to say that Dolly, who was listening in to Sam's interview from her ward, is making a good recovery.

Steve congratulated her on behalf of everyone at Clatterbridge, but it was Sam who wanted to praise everyone in the hospital.

She said the "caring and generous" staff do a fantastic job.

"You guys have looked after my nan on more than one occasion so just a huge thank you to all the staff and everyone who has made friends with my nanna over that time." - Sam Quek

Sam Quek shows her gold medal to Steve Evans

Sam revealed how she broke down in tears in the squad changing room after her family broke the news about her nan's illness following the final.

She told listerners how The One Show wanted the whole team to appear live on the programme but she turned them down.

"There was only one priority for me and that was giving my nanna a big big hug. Regardless of the Olympics, regardless of the medal, I just wanted to see her." - Sam Quek

Sam said she has had a crazy experience since landing back in the UK and is still riding a wave of excitement.

She spoke of the British team's sense of belief at winning after last year scooping the European gold in London where she won Man Of The Match.

After 10 years at senior level, Sam is now hoping to get a rest after a decade of emotional strains and personal sacrifices meaning she won't be playing any hockey until at least Christmas!


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