DANNY KERRY, the man who masterminded the Great Britain women’s gold medal winning performance at the 2016 Rio Olympics has suffered a heart attack.
In news that has only just been made public in a statement by England Hockey, the 46-year-old was taken ill on July 15 during the recent World League Semi-Final being played in South Africa.
Mr Kerry still continues to receive treatment in a Johannesburg hospital and is shortly due to fly back to England “for a further period of rest and recovery” and expected to return to work in September.
During his absence, the England team took bronze medal place after a 5-2 victory over Argentina at the weekend.
“Danny’s health has remained our sole and absolute priority,” said England Hockey performance director Ed Barney. “We wish him the very best over the coming weeks as he continues his recovery.”
Kerry expressed his “huge thanks and debt of gratitude” to the doctors who treated him in South Africa, and to England team doctor Cath Lester.
He went on to say: “I would also like to convey how proud I am of how both players and staff continued through the tournament in such a professional manner, particularly during the Saturday I was admitted.”
Kerry’s term in charge has coincided with the most successful era in the history of the England and Great Britain women’s teams.