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Gran is Eva so proud of her golden girl Shona

She wore a red ribbon! Shona and proud gran Eva.
She wore a red ribbon! Shona and proud gran Eva.

Dry Doddington hockey player Shona McCallin won the gold medal at the Women’s European Championship in London last weekend.

In a thrilling match, the England team came back from 2-0 down to beat the world number-one side Holland 3-1 in a penalty shoot out.

England won all their pool matches, beating Scotland 2-1, Italy 2-0 and Germany 4-1.

In the semi-final they beat Spain 2-1.

Former Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School pupil McCallin, 23, was in the starting line-up for every match, playing in midfield.

And the London venue ensured it was a family affair for Shona, who specifically wore a red ribbon before swapping it for a gold medal.

Her 82-year-old gran was given the chance to see her first international hockey match, and the ribbon allowed her to spot her granddaughter out on the field.

Proud Eva Nullis travelled with family members to watch Shona play and beat Germany.

“It was such a fantastic atmosphere and crowd,” Eva said.

“The pace is so quick that I was delighted that Shona wore a red ribbon in her hair so I could tell who she was.

“They all look quite similar to me.

“The game has changed considerably since I played on grass 60 years ago.”

Shona currently trains full time with Great Britain hockey and is based at Bisham Abbey, near Maidenhead.

Great Britain have already qualified for the Olympics in Rio in 2016.

Shona was one of three Yellowbelly players who celebrated gold.

Lincoln’s Georgie Twigg and Boston-born Hannah Macleod also featured in the final for the victorious England side.


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