The Top of the D’s Quickfire Questions: Mel Clewlow.

Mel Clewlow is a Canterbury legend. She has spent a long and distinguished playing career at the club, enjoying two spells as the 1st XI Captain and is still going strong in the Premier League today. A regular television commentator and pundit and a player with multiple international caps to her name Clewlow has been there and done it as far as hockey is concerned. How would she fare against The Top of the D’s quickfire questions? Read on and find out!

The Top of the D: What is your biggest achievement?

Mel Clewlow: It has to be going to the Olympics. To be honest, it was a childhood dream of mine to go not just to any Olympics but to Sydney, so that for me would be the one.

photo 1TTOTD: Of course you’ve played in two Olympic Games, as it says on your sponsored car…..

MC: It does say that, yes! One of the perks of playing in the Olympics, I suppose. You can’t get road rage in that car though as people know who you are!

TTOTD: What is your prized possession?

MC: Unfortunately my Mum passed away when I was 17 so I wear two rings on my necklace. One’s my Mum’s and one’s my Dad’s. I get very frustrated when officials tell me to take them off before I play but once they hear why I wear the necklace it’s a different story. If I lost those I’d be devastated.

Investec Women's Hockey LeagueTTOTD: Who is your celebrity crush?

MC: <Laughs> Without doubt, David Beckham. I’ve got a lot of time for him. It’s not a recent thing either, I’ve always been a huge fan of his.

TTOTD: Which three people, past or present would you invite to a dinner party?

MC: Graham Norton, Kelly Holmes and someone who can cook, so maybe Gordon Ramsey.

TTOTD: Who is the best player you’ve ever played with or against?

MC: The best player I’ve played against would be hard to choose between two: Alyson Annan and Luciana Aymar. Two of the all-time greats. The best player I’ve played with is Kate Richardson-Walsh.

TTOTD: What is your hidden talent?

MC: Hmm. I’m not sure I have any. I play golf off 12, if that counts?

TTOTD: If you were on a game show, and needed a phone-a-friend from someone in the hockey world, who would it be?

MC: I would say Katy Roberts.

Investec Women's Finals WeekendTTOTD: Who would it not be?

MC: These questions are mean! Probably Sarah Kerly.

TTOTD: Why do you love hockey?

MC: A variety of reason. The fitness side, the social side. I’m very fortunate to have played at the highest level so I’ve been able to see a lot of the world, play in some great places and meet people everywhere. It’s great to look back over your career knowing you have friends dotted all over the country and all over the world. Hockey has given me that.

The Top of the D would like to thank Mel Clewlow for her time and good humour in conducting the Quickfire Questions. 

Photos courtesy of Ady Kerry.

About thetopofthed

Columnist for The Hockey Paper and the man behind The Top of the D. Writer, podcaster, goalkeeper and BBC Sport man. Used to work for Great Britain Hockey and have covered the sport at every major tournament.
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