Simon Mantell made his international senior debut for the national hockey squad back in 2005. He is currently one of the most experienced forwards in the England and Team GB squad with over 200 caps and has the records to show for it. With his recent selection for the Rio Olympics, Simon is a double Olympian and has appeared at three Commonwealth Games, winning a Bronze medal at the recent Glasgow 2014 edition. He was also part of the team that won the European Championships in 2009 and has a number of World and Champions Trophy medals to his name.
Simon was born in Bridgwater, Somerset and was educated at Millfield School where he discovered his hockey talent and progressed into England selection soon after. Away from England and GB, Simon has been a cornerstone of Reading HC for a number of years, enabling them to become one of the main forces in the National Hockey League.
In the winter of 2014 Simon suffered a nasty concussion which then persisted for over a year. For most athletes, away from elite level sport for this amount of time, would have pushed them into early retirement. Its testament to Simon’s character to see him back in his signature no.8 GB shirt just 9 months after picking up a stick again and still in the same goal scoring form as before.
Away from the hockey pitch, Simon has experience of working in the fast paced business world with a stint of work experience at Goldman Sachs. He is also a sought after motivational speaker who delivers an exciting and moving talk on the power of teamwork and the importance of the individuals within that team. He gives good business – sport synergies and an emphasis on hard work and triumph over adversity with references to his non-stop sporting career.