John Jackson

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Ritual Hockey - Athlete: John Jackson

John's Ritual

My pre-game ritual has varied from tournament to tournament, year by year, to the point where I have more or less got it perfected. Beetroot shot; brush teeth; factor 50 on the nose; wear full match kit to game (excluding shinguards); take one stick (even if the spare is in a team-mates bag); re-tape grip. I have no idea if it helps my actual performance but gives me some peace of mind.

Position Teams Height Born Recent Highlights

Irish National 

Reading HC

1.70 M

5 ft 6 in

February 21, 1986

Antrim, Northern Ireland

  • Olympic Games Rio 2016
  • EuroHockey Championships 2015 Bronze Medal

    Notes from the field

    Most people call me Jacko or JJ, but have heard some Lord of the Ring references from the stands. Currently, I play at Reading HC, England and I am working as Director of Hockey at Marlborough College. Originally, I am from Northern Ireland, and I first started played hockey as a 4 year old at Mossley HC. Since then I have played for Loughborough Students (England; 2004-2010), and Braxgata HC (Belgium; 2010-2013). I made my Irish senior international debut in July 2006 and have gone on to amass 200 caps to date; with the aim of more to follow, on even bigger stages.  

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