|Date of Birth
8 October 1988
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Maddie Hinch signed off from the Commonwealth Games in style, as she helped England to an historic hockey gold in Birmingham.
Despite famously winning Olympic gold in 2016, with Hinch's penalty-saving heroics a decisive factor in Rio, a Commonwealth gold had eluded England until 2022.
Hinch had already earned silver in Glasgow and bronze on the Gold Coast, but the best was yet to come as England beat Australia 2-1 in the final at the University of Birmingham.
It was the perfect way for Hinch to bow out from the Games, as she retired from the sport in March 2023, her history-making legacy there for all to see as a goalkeeper who changed the position.
Before Hinch came along, young hockey players dreaded being asked to pull the pads on and jump in the line of fire.
It’s now one of the most popular positions in the game, a reflection of Hinch’s influence as one of the sport’s great goalkeepers.