80-year-old Stevenage hockey player attempts Guinness World Record

PUBLISHED: 09:57 26 March 2015 | UPDATED: 09:57 26 March 2015

Anne Graves of Stevenage Hockey Club - aiming to reclaim her world record as oldest active player at the age of 80

Anne Graves of Stevenage Hockey Club - aiming to reclaim her world record as oldest active player at the age of 80

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Veteran hockey player Anne Graves knew what she wanted for her 80th birthday – to reclaim her proud record as the oldest female hockey player in the world.

Anne Graves of Stevenage Hockey Club - aiming to reclaim her world record as oldest active player at the age of 80Anne Graves of Stevenage Hockey Club - aiming to reclaim her world record as oldest active player at the age of 80

Anne has been playing for Stevenage Hockey Club since she was 16, and first picked up a stick at the age of 10.

She said: “When I was at school we always used to run onto the playing fields with our hockey sticks and have great fun. I have just enjoyed sport in general.”

Anne, who moved to Stevenage from Cottered when she married in 1958, first broke the Guinness World Record in 2009, and again in 2011.

But Australian Marie Larsen snatched the title last summer, aged 79 years and 311 days.

Anne Graves of Stevenage Hockey Club - aiming to reclaim her world record as oldest active player at the age of 80Anne Graves of Stevenage Hockey Club - aiming to reclaim her world record as oldest active player at the age of 80

Having celebrated her 80th birthday earlier this month, regular player Anne is now waiting to hear whether she has set a new mark.

Despite breaking records, Anne says she is not competitive. “If they had the facilities they have now when I started playing I might have taken it more seriously,” she said. “It’s quite a rough game but you just get up and go again. I haven’t had any serious accidents.”

Anne says it was team members who encouraged her to attempt the record again.

To be eligible, she has been playing regularly since the season started in September.

“On a Saturday morning, in the cold weather, it’s quite an effort to turn up,” she said.

“But I think the team is very good to put up with me, because I’m not as swift as I was.

“They are really lovely girls.”


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