FP recognised as first women’s GB hockey captain

A former pupil of the High School of Dundee has been formally recognised as the first captain of the GB women’s hockey team.

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Dr Joyce Hunter (nee Pringle), led the first-ever female side to be selected to represent Great Britain as it toured America and Canada in 1965.  

Dr Hunter, who sadly died in 2011, was one of a number of former players to be recognised with the award of official GB Honours Caps at a special ceremony at Uddingston hockey club, following a research project by the Hockey Museum to create a definitive database of GB international matches and the players who competed in them.

Dr Hunter’s cap was presented to High School of Dundee Rector Lise Hudson, who said she was “so proud and humbled” to have been asked to accept it.

As well as having led and made two appearances for GB, Joyce also captained the Scottish national team from 1960 until 1966. And she was clearly a very talented all-round sportswoman, having also won the Scottish Universities Javelin title 3 times, the Scottish Shot Put title 3 times and the Scottish discus title once as well.      

Also receiving GB caps at the event in Uddingston were fellow FPs Ailsa Robertson and Louise Gordon, current HSD PE/hockey teachers Louise Baxter and Linda Anderson, and former HSD teacher Pauline Stott.