GB Hockey’s Shona McCallin MBE is the latest star name to join the growing list of talented female athletes signed to EMERGE Sports Management.
The 24-year-old was part of last summer’s history-making GB women’s hockey team, achieving her 50th combined international appearance for Great Britain and England in the Olympic final, where Team GB won its first ever Olympic gold medal in the sport.
McCallin’s journey to Olympic gold begun at the age of just six years old when she first started out at her local hockey club. She went on to make her international debut in 2007 as part of the England u16s squad and earned more than 80 caps as a junior international player, including captaining the u21s team to fourth place and their highest ever finish at a Junior World Cup in 2013.
Rio 2016 Olympic gold medallist Shona McCallin MBE joins EMERGE Sports Management
She made her debut for the senior Great Britain team in the same year and achieved her first major accolade as a senior player at the EuroHockey Championships in 2015, where the team won gold.
The Team GB athlete joins EMERGE Sports Management alongside Rio 2016 Paralympic gold medallist Emma Wiggs MBE, England vice-captain and Arsenal Ladies’ midfielder Jordan Nobbs, Commonwealth Games champion judoka Nekoda Davis, GB Badminton’s Chloe Birch and international sprinter and bobsleigh athlete Mica Moore.
Commenting on today’s announcement, Shona said: “It's a hugely exciting time to be a part of women's sport and I'm delighted to be involved with a sports management company that recognises this too. After speaking with Jenny, I knew instantly that EMERGE was perfect to represent me and my values as an athlete.
“The next 18 months for English hockey players are really exciting; we are aiming to retain our European Championship title in Amsterdam in August, before our focus turns to the 2018 Commonwealth Games and then a huge home tournament with the Hockey World Cup in London next summer.”
Jenny Forbes, head of business development at EMERGE, added: “We have been focused on working with athletes that share our vision at EMERGE Sports Management from the very start and Shona does exactly that. Not only are her performances on the pitch impressive, but her attitude, ambition and drive are matched off-the-pitch too and we’re thrilled to be a part of Shona’s journey.”