DIXON Adam < Back  
Sport Hockey
CGA England   
Gender Men
Born 11 Sep 1986 in Nottingham, ENG
Height1.68 m
Weight 70 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Nottingham, ENG
Occupation Athlete
Languages English
Higher education Finance, Real Estate Studies - Nottingham Trent University: England
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began playing hockey at age six at Newark Hockey Club in England.
Why this sport? He was encouraged by his father, who played the sport.
Club / Team Beeston Hockey Club: Nottingham, ENG
Name of coach Danny Kerry [national], GBR
Preferred position / style / stance / technique Defender
Handedness Right
International Debut
Year 2009
Competing for England
Opponent Germany
Location Nuremberg, GER
General Interest
Nicknames Dixie, Dicko (Athlete, 28 Jan 2010)
Hero / Idol English footballer Stuart Pearce. (englandhockey.co.uk, 18 Jan 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Work hard, play hard." (englandhockey.co.uk, 18 Jan 2014)
Awards and honours He was named as the UK Hockey Writers' Club Player of the Year in 2013. (hockeywritersclub.com, 24 Jan 2014)
Famous relatives His younger brother Sam has played hockey for England at junior international level. (davidlloyd.co.uk, 12 May 2012)
Ambitions To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (newarkadvertiser.co.uk, 02 Apr 2020)
Other information RETIREMENT PLANS
He initially planned to retire from the national team at the end of 2020, but after the rescheduling of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo to 2021, he decided to play for one more year. "I was going to retire from international hockey at the end of the year. I had made plans to do other things, but luckily I can put those on hold and throw everything into the Olympics, because representing GB as a captain has been a massive goal of mine." (newarkadvertiser.co.uk, 02 Apr 2020)

CAPTAIN
In February 2019 he was appointed as captain of the England and Great Britain national teams. "I'm obviously delighted to be given the opportunity to captain my country. With it there obviously comes a huge amount of responsibility and I feel that at I am at the stage in my career where I can give my all to the captaincy and continue to try give my best performances on the field. How I operate on a day-to-day basis changed the most. No longer can I rock up to training, worry about myself, focus on getting the best session for myself and come away from it. I now look at it in terms of where does the team need to be. I really value good, strong relationships and in team sport you can build those." (newarkadvertiser.co.uk, 02 Apr 2020; englandhockey.co.uk, 07 Feb 2019)

EXTENDED BREAK
After missing selection for Great Britain's squad at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, he decided to put the disappointment out of his mind by going on an extended break with his girlfriend to France. "I went away for five weeks with my girlfriend in a camper van in France. I could not bear to be sitting there watching us [Great Britain] without me playing, and not being able to do anything about it. That break did me the world of good." He said the break not only helped him recover his focus, but the 2012 non-selection gave him greater motivation to be part of the Great Britain squad for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. (express.co.uk, 15 Jul 2013)

EARLY DAYS
He realised he had a talent for the sport when, at age eight, he was asked to represent Nottinghamshire's U14 team. "It was totally unexpected, but I came to realise that coaches must have seen some potential in me." (davidlloyd.co.uk, 12 May 2012)