Gold medalist Alex Danson has definite she will make a strange return to training with the Great Britain hockey side on Monday after her career was disrupted by a freak concussion. Danson has not been part of the set up since hitting her head on a wall while smiling on holiday in September 2018.
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“I’m not who I was, I have a richness of experience that only these last long months could have given me,” she wrote.
In an interview in August she detailed how she could not jog for 10 months after the chance and has since hurt severe and tenacious headaches, but as she pushes to make the group for Tokyo Olympic, Danson, 34, is set to return to the team’s Bisham Abbey HQ next week.
She supposed on Friday: “It’s been a long 18 months since I last played international hockey. I realized over this New Year that 2019 was the first time in 17 years that I hadn’t played an international game.”
She was part of the Great Britain team which won Olympic gold at the Rio Olympics in 2016 but has not played since captaining England in their World Cup quarter-final loss to the Netherlands in August 2018.
She also said “I am delighted that I am able to return to our centralized program. On the way to the place I’ have spent more time in my life than I have at home.”
Danson, whose sister, Claire, an international triathlete who was paralyzed in August after a bike accident, added: ‘The last 18 months have established me to perhaps my limits, with my health, separation, and incapability to do the things I used to do with such ease.
‘I’m still not 100 percent but with time running out before the Tokyo Olympic now it my last chance to see what I can do.