Kingston Diary - A history of Hockey
It seems strange to be talking about hockey given that it is the summer term, however, Mrs Halford the school archivist told me the exciting news this week that the Hockey Museum had been in touch to ask whether we might be able to provide material for the pop up museum that they are putting together ahead of the Champions Trophy 2016. This world class hockey event is being held at the Olympic Park between 10 and 26 June and KGS has been given its own area within the exhibition space in which to showcase the highlights of the School’s hockey history. The more modern aspects of KGS hockey success will be well known to many, but the KGS pedigree in hockey goes back to the end of the 19th Century and I suspect few students or parents will have heard of Stanley Shoveller (OK, 1892-1898) who went on to represent his country at two Olympic Games (1908 and 1920) winning gold medals in each. A hockey career made all the more remarkable by the gap brought about by the intercedence of the Great War. A remarkable player, who scored no less than ten international hat-tricks, Shoveller was regarded by his contemporaries as the extreme exponent of his sport, being known as, 'the WG Grace of Hockey'.
If you are interested in finding out more about the history of KGS, why not have a look here, whereas if hockey is your thing then why not head down to the Olympic Park this June and check out the KGS exhibit within the Museum of Hockey exhibition.