Lily Owsley makes Olympic history

Lily Owsley (pictured third from right)

On the final Friday of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, current Sport and Exercise Sciences student, Lily Owsley and Psychology graduate, Sophie Bray, helped Team GB make history when they became the first British women’s hockey team to win gold.

Lily Owsley, who at 21 is the youngest member of the team, scored Team GB’s opening goal of the Olympics and the first goal of the gold medal final against the world’s top ranked women’s hockey team, The Netherlands.

The final finished 3-3 in normal time, with Britain's goalkeeper Maddie Hinch making a series of impressive saves.

The world’s number one side could not beat Hinch in the penalty shootout, and Team GB secured the first ever women’s hockey gold medal victory 2-0.

Owsley will now be returning to the University of Birmingham for her second year of study as an Olympic gold medallist, not only making British history, but University of Birmingham Sport history too. This is in the same year that Owsley was named Rising Star of the Year by the International Hockey Federation.

A huge congratulations goes out to Lily, Sophie and their teammates!