Katherine Middleton was seen wearing team GB colours as she joined the women’s hockey team for a practice. Having led the first XI hockey team at her school the Duchess of Cambridge was not shy in showing of her ball skills when she met the team at the Olympic Park.
She was given a tour of the Park in her role as Olympics and Paralympics Ambassador. Later in the day she switched into a more sophisticated outfit when she visited one of the oldest public art galleries in south London, where she was able to view the works of a youth charity with Prince Charles.
For her school team she played the role of striker. Even if she was nervous about the prospect of meeting the national hockey team there was no reason to as she scored with her first shot in front of the goal.
Since becoming part of the Royal family she has reacted well to the pressures of her royal duties, and the day spent with at the Olympic Park in Stratford highlighted her popularity with people. She was handed a stick by the team’s sponsor, after which she was seen showing of her ball skills.
She took three shots on goal from the left hand side of the goal mouth, missing all three shots. However, her luck changed when she moved to the centre, where she tucked the ball away with her first shot which generated a loud applause from the people watching.
Earlier in the day she had met with the hidden members of the team GB, the physiotherapists and coaches. Where she talked about training methods, and the differences between cardiovascular and weight training.
The men’s and women’s GB hockey teams are ranked fourth in the world, and come the games in the summer both are looking to be in contention for medals.
Boost to morale
Selections for both teams have not yet been made. But David Faulkner, performance director, said that the visit by the Duchess provided a much needed boost to morale.
With the Olympics just around the corner, people travelling from other countries will be preparing their journey by booking hotels.
According to the Hotel Price Index, room rates will shoot up two-fold during the games giving a boost to the hotel industry in the UK. The survey found that the average price for a room in a hotel will be £213 per night, which is a year on year increase of 102%.