Samantha Ann Quek is a professional hockey player and a two-time Olympic gold medalist. She is part of the British team that triumphed against Netherlands in the 2016 Rio Olympics. As a defender, she played an important role in the team GB’s undefeated streak, which culminated with the joyful and historic penalty shoot out paving way to Britain’s first olympic medal in the history of women’s hockey. It’s no wonder, this athlete is considered to be one of today’s best tacklers at the tender age of 28.
Born on October 18, 1988, Sam was raised by Singaporean parents in Wirral, Merseyside. She attended Birkenhead High School and 6th form at Calday Grange Grammar School before heading to Leeds Metropolitan University, now known as Leeds Beckett University.
Her PE teacher introduced her to hockey and encouraged her to join a club. The first team she joined as a junior was Chester HC starting as a 4th team before eventually gaining recognition and playing first team hockey for Chester in the National League.
It was in 2008 when she got onto centralised training squad and gained her first cap. This was during her studies for a Sport and Exercise degree but this clearly did not affect her negatively and she graduated in 2010.
In 2014, she captained the England team. She has broken two ribs but still managed to play every game throughout the Champions Trophy Tournament.
She’s always been into sports and is a self confessed Liverpool FC fan (her tweets account for this), naming former Liverpool striker Ian Rush as one of this sports idols.
Sam’s first TV appearance was for the game show ‘’For What It’s Worth’’ alongside his boyfriend Thomas Mairs, a property tycoon, whom she lives with in Wirral. She is also part of the 16th season of the reality show ‘’I’m a Celebrity, Get me Out of Here!’’ where Quek admits concerns with spiders, food shortage and missing family.
When not playing hockey or taking part on a reality TV show, Sam’s either coaching, spending time with friends and family or eating her favorite food, sushi!