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Jacob Draper - Hockey

Hockey player in action for Wales

Name: Jacob Draper      
Born: Cwmbran, Wales
School(s): Monmouth School, Rossall School
Club(s): Gwent Hockey Club, Cardiff & Met, Preston, Hamstead & Westminster, Beerschot (Belgium)
Position: Defender
Other Sports: Football
Olympic Experience: Debut
Other Honours: Wales (50 caps), Great Britain (16 caps)

Jacob made his debut for the Great Britain Hockey team at the age of just 21, having impressed for Wales at the EuroHockey Championships a few months earlier. Now, he is set to make his Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020. 

Jacob has gone on to represent Wales at the Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast and now plays his hockey for Beerschot in Belgium.

What club did Jacob start hockey at?

Jacob started playing his hockey at Gwent Hockey Club after first picking up a hockey stick at Monmouth School

One thing you didn’t know about Jacob Draper

Jacob’s sporting career may have taken a different path having been a part of Cardiff City’s football academy, having played since the age of 7. Then, one day when the school’s hockey team were shy of a few players, Jacob picked up a hockey stick and has never looked back since.

What dates will Jacob be competing at Tokyo 2020?

Saturday, July 24 - vs South Africa (10.30 BST)
Monday, July 26 - vs Canada (01.30)
Tuesday, July 27 - vs Germany (02:00)
Thursday, July 29 - vs Netherlands (2:00)
Friday, July 30 - vs Belgium (11:00)

Tuesday, August 3 - Semi-finals (02:30/11:00)
Thursday, August 5 - Bronze Medal Match (02:30)
Thursday, August 5 - Gold Medal Match (11:00)