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Jan. 21, 2018 — The field hockey celebrity

A number of current and recent field hockey players have used their success in the game to leverage their degree of celebrity in their home countries. Fatima Moreira de Melo, for example, is a world-class poker player as well as a player who wore the Oranje 191 times.

But there are a number of famous women in recent times for whom field hockey is somewhat secondary. Actress Emma Watson actually took the time from her studies at Brown University to play for the Bears’ club side in the NFHL, but she has kept on with her acting chops to play roles such as Belle in Beauty and the Beast.

And Kate Middleton, the Dutchess of Cambridge, was a field hockey player of some reknown at St. Andrew’s School of Pangbourne, Berkshire, a town located about 35 miles due west of London.

This weekend, news has hit that superstar singer Ed Sheeran is engaged to former Duke field hockey player Cherry Seaborn, who helped the Blue Devils to the NCAA final back in 2013 as a graduate student. She had won a pair of collegiate championships with Durham University’s team and helped the Durham Ladies to runner-up finishes in the English Women’s Hockey League North Conference.

Seaborn, after her Duke days both on the hockey pitch and at the Fuqua School of Business, has been in the business world, working in London with accounting form Deloitte. According to at least one source, she is also still keeping up with her hockey with a London club side.


You’ve probably noticed that everyone I’ve mentioned in this story is from the United Kingdom. That’s because the States’ crossover stories are somewhat fewer. Indeed, I think perhaps the two most prominent former field hockey players in our society are model Hilary Rhoda and former U.S. women’s soccer captain Christie Rampone.

Rhoda played field hockey for Kensington Holy Cross (Md.) for three years before being discovered as a model, while Rampone was a three-sport athlete at Point Pleasant Boro (N.J.) before concentrating on soccer beginning in college.

If you’ve got any others, hit me up below.