Fiona Burnet and Lee Morton named in GB programme
Scotland international athletes, Fiona Burnet and Lee Morton, have joined the Great Britain women’s and men’s full time senior programmes for 2022.
Lee has been part of the Scotland setup for many years and played at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018. Morton was also part of Scotland’s EuroHockey Championship II sides that gained promotion to A Division in 2017 and 2021, including winning gold in Glasgow.
He has also been in the GB setup for the last few years through the EDP and as part of FIH Pro League squads.
Fiona Burnet enters the GB programme having played for Scotland women since 2014. Fiona was part of the Scotland side that won Women’s EuroHockey Championship II in Glasgow in 2019, and has 73 Scotland caps to her name.
Recently it was announced that Jen Eadie has been added to the GB programme, which means there are five Scots on the GB women’s programme. Sarah Robertson; Amy Costello; and Charlotte Watson are the other three Scots on the programme.
Further to this there are a number of Scots in the GB EDP with Emily Dark; Eve Pearson; Bronwyn Shields; on the women’s roster. Jess Buchanan and Ruth Blaikie are reserves.
In the men’s GB EDP Scotland has Jamie Croll; Robbie Croll; Jamie Golden; Fraser Heigh; with Matthew Taylor and Struan Walker involved as reserves.
Great Britain Hockey’s Performance Director Ed Barney said: “The autumn and early part of 2022 has been an exciting period. We’ve had the chance to re-set, work with a brilliant group of athletes – both those selected and those that didn’t progress – and share a deeper insight into the senior international programme. Adding match play has been invaluable in making some good, informed decisions.
“The passion, energy and commitment that the players have shown has been hugely inspiring and I know all the current squad members and staff are excited to get cracking, deliver in the FIH Hockey Pro League, the Commonwealth Games and everything else that comes in 2022 and 2023.
“We have a fantastic group of players joining the squad, several huge opportunities in the coming months and I’m sure the players are going to add huge value to the squads and set new heights on the pitch. With some athletes heading back to Europe and continuing to pursue dual aspirations for the rest of the current season, there is plenty of opportunity over the coming FIH Hockey Pro League fixtures and training at Bisham to stake a real claim for selection in the major tournaments.”