MANTELL Simon < Back  
Sport Hockey
CGA England   
Gender Men
Born 24 Apr 1984 in Bridgwater, ENG
Height1.84 m
Weight 83 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence London, ENG
Occupation Athlete
Languages English
Higher education Business, Commerce - University of Birmingham: England
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He took up hockey at age five at his local club.
Why this sport? His father played hockey and encouraged him and his brother to take up the sport.
Club / Team Wimbledon Hockey Club: England
Name of coach Ben Hawes [club]; Bobby Crutchley [national]
Preferred position / style / stance / technique Forward
Handedness Right
Footedness Right
International Debut
Year 2005
Competing for England
Opponent Ireland
Location England
General Interest
Nicknames Stingray [because of his resemblence to a character of the same name from an Australian soap opera]. (telegraph.co.uk, 25 Oct 2009)
Hobbies Golf, spending time at the beach. (Twitter profile, 01 Oct 2016)
Hero / Idol Swedish tennis player Stefan Edberg. (englandhockey.co.uk, 18 Jan 2014)
Injuries He sustained a concussion after colliding with an opposition player during a match in November 2014. He suffered from a continuous headache and was diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome, a condition that sidelined him for almost a year. (englandhockey.co.uk, 26 Oct 2015; somersetlive.co.uk, 08 Aug 2016)

He injured his knee in March 2014. (getreading.co.uk, 14 Mar 2014)

He broke a metatarsal in his left foot in a match against India ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games in London, and failed to recover in time to compete at the event. (dkhlegacytrust.org, 04 Nov 2013; bbc.co.uk, 04 May 2012)

He broke his foot at the end of 2009, and sustained the same injury in a training camp before the 2010 World Cup in Delhi, India. (profsports.com, 11 Nov 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto "The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength or lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will." (englandhockey.co.uk, 18 Jan 2014)
Famous relatives His older brother Richard has represented Great Britain and England in hockey. (getreading.co.uk, 14 Mar 2014; englandhockey.co.uk, 11 Nov 2011)