MANTELL Richard < Back  
Sport Hockey
CGA England   
Gender Men
Born 17 Aug 1981
Height1.89 m
Weight 92 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Datchet, ENG
Occupation Marketing
Languages English
Higher education Sports Science - University of Bath: Bath, ENG
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began playing hockey at age five at Taunton Vale.
Why this sport? His father played hockey for Taunton Vale.
Club / Team Reading: Reading, ENG
Name of coach Charlie Seccombe [club], Jason Lee [national]
Preferred position / style / stance / technique Defence
Handedness Right
International Debut
Year 2003
Competing for England
Tournament Friendly Match
General Interest
Nicknames Ricky, Rick (GB Hockey Media Guide, 2008)
Hobbies Playing golf, lying on the beach. (GB Hockey Media Guide, 2008)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning gold at the 2009 EuroHockey Nations Championships in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Athlete, 28 Jan 2010)
Most influential person in career His father, who got him into the sport and was also his coach until he was 17. (Athlete, 31 Jul 2008)
Hero / Idol Dutch hockey player Floris Jan Bovelander and English rugby player Jonny Wilkinson. (englandhockey.co.uk, 24 Oct 2007; Athlete, 27 Jun 2008)
Injuries He was ruled out of the rest of the 2010 Word Cup when he dislocated and fractured his right ankle during the third match of the tournament. (telegraph.co.uk, 05 Mar 2010)

He has suffered two serious knee injuries. He damaged his anterior cruciate ligament in 2005, and he underwent reconstructive surgery on the same ligament in 2006. Both times he was out of competition for six months. (Athlete, 27 Jun 2008)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Thorough preparation and hard work deliver consistent results." (Athlete, 31 Jul 2008)
Awards and honours He was named to the World All Star Team in 2006. (Athlete, 27 Jun 2008)
Famous relatives His younger brother Simon has also represented England and Great Britain in hockey. (greatbritainhockey.co.uk, 17 Apr 2007)
Ambitions To win a gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (passionspeedrespect.com, 07 Sep 2010)