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Dane Lett off to Olympics

HOCKEY

Carterton’s Dane Lett is off to his second Olympic Games, being named yesterday in the Black Sticks squad to head to Paris next month.

The 128-test international has impressed in recent tournaments and led the defence in the team’s unbeaten run at the Nations Cup in Poland. That resulted in a victory in the final over the Olympic hosts France in a shootout after the game finished 1–1.

Lett, 33, first played for the Black Sticks in a series against Japan in 2014, but selectors then overlooked him, and it would be another three years before he was recalled.

A silver medal at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games is a highlight, followed by selection for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which were postponed a year because of the covid-19 pandemic.

The Black Sticks failed to live up to expectations in Tokyo, missing the quarterfinals and finishing a disappointing ninth. Lett was also a member of the side that finished a lowly fifth at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The team showed some improvement in finishing seventh, equalling New Zealand’s best-ever finish at a World Cup in India in 2023.

Chris Cogdale
Chris Cogdale
Chris “Coggie” Cogdale has extensive knowledge of sport in Wairarapa having covered it for more than 30 years, including radio for 28 years. He has been the sports guru at the Wairarapa Times-Age since 2019.

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