Liam Sanford of England during the Euro Hockey Championships Men match between England and Belgium at Wagener Stadion
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Tokyo Olympics: RAF's Liam Sanford Makes Team GB Men's Hockey Squad

Liam Sanford of England during the Euro Hockey Championships Men match between England and Belgium at Wagener Stadion

Senior Aircraftman Liam Sanford has been selected to represent Team GB at this year's summer Olympic Games in Tokyo.

The RAF star has shone in defence over the past few years and represented England at the recent EuroHockey Championships in the Netherlands, where they finished fourth.

SAC Sanford bounced back from an injury-plagued 2019 to get himself in contention for the COVID-affected 2020 Olympics, which will now be held from 23 July to 8 August this year in Japan.

Last month, he spoke to Forces News about the possibility of an Olympic call-up, saying: "It's pretty easy to say what it would mean.

"Obviously, it's what you've been working for since you basically started the game.

SAC Liam Sanford in training.
SAC Liam Sanford in training.

"It would be an amazing moment – not just for me but for my family and my partner who has supported me throughout this journey."

SAC Sanford has been representing England and GB Hockey almost as long as he has been in the RAF.

He was named UK Armed Forces Sportsman of the Year in 2017, while 12 months later, he won a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast of Australia.

Team GB Tokyo Olympics men's hockey squad in full:

  • David Ames, 31, Holcombe HC, 101 caps (51 GB Caps, 50 ENG Caps)
  • Liam Ansell, 27, Wimbledon HC, 54 caps (20 GB, 34 ENG)
  • Brendan Creed, 28, Surbiton HC, 87 caps (37 GB, 50 ENG)
  • Adam Dixon (C), 34, Beeston HC, 284 caps (105 GB, 179 ENG)
  • Jacob Draper, 22, Hampstead & Westminster HC, 66 caps (16 GB, 50 WAL)
  • James Gall, 26, Surbiton HC, 88 caps (41 GB, 47 ENG)
  • Chris Griffiths, 30, Old Georgians HC, 112 caps (46 GB, 66 ENG)
  • Ollie Payne (GK), 22, Holcombe HC, 11 caps (6 GB, 5 ENG)
  • Phil Roper, 29, Wimbledon HC, 155 caps (63 GB, 92 ENG)
  • Liam Sanford, 25, Old Georgians HC, 69 caps (22 GB, 47 ENG)
  • Rupert Shipperley, 28, Hampstead & Westminster HC, 87 caps (12 GB, 75 WAL)
  • Ian Sloan, 27, Wimbledon HC, 112 caps (54 GB, 58 ENG)
  • Tom Sorsby, 24, Surbiton HC, 39 caps (26 GB, 13 ENG)
  • Zach Wallace, 21, Surbiton HC, 55 caps (31 GB, 24 ENG)
  • Jack Waller, 24, Wimbledon HC, 55 caps (32 GB, 23 ENG)
  • Sam Ward, 30, Old Georgians HC, 135 caps (71 GB, 64 ENG)

Cover image: Senior Aircraftman Liam Sanford (Picture: England Hockey).