Olympic medallist Chloe Rogers has swapped her hockey stick for her golf clubs to play in this week’s English women’s amateur championship at Kings Norton in Worcestershire.
The 28-year-old, who helped the Team GB women’s hockey team win a bronze medal at London 2012, is having a year off to recharge her batteries and decide whether she wants to target the next Olympics in Rio.
In the meantime, she’s turned to her second sporting love of golf and is playing the amateur circuit. “I’m enjoying it, it’s nice to have a new challenge and I’d just like to see how low I can go,” said Chloe as she completed her practice round in advance of the championship first round (Image © Leaderboard Photography).
The three-handicapper from Braintree Golf Club has played golf since she was about 12. She’s a past winner of the Essex ladies’ title and has previously taken part in national competitions. But over recent years golf has taken a back seat: “Hockey always took priority and as I got more and more serious I had less and less time for golf,” she said.
Chloe was in the GB hockey team at Beijing and followed up, after four years of full-time training, at London 2012. “Last year was unbelievable, nothing tops your home games and I am very fortunate to have something to show for it,” she said of her bronze medal.
She’ll make up her mind about whether to aim for Rio later this year, but in the meantime, she’s having a break. “I’m having this year off and playing lots of golf. My mind and body need a break. London was so amazing and Rio would be great, but I need to mentally step away from it and recharge.”