How did you initially get into hockey and what does the sport mean to you?
I started playing hockey because my dad played, and I loved spending time with him. From that, I made lots of friends through the sport. It was literally nothing more than the enjoyment of friendship and connection. Hockey soon became more than a hobby, it became my purpose and it still is.
How do you manage to juggle a young family and progression in professional sport?
With great difficulty to be honest. I’m used to sacrificing for my sport. Having a young family has been placed above sport and it’s been difficult at times to be as committed. I’m fast learning how to balance both and be the best I can be at home and on the pitch.
What do you love about your sport and competing on the international stage?
Hockey is very fast and incredibly tactically complex. Game strategy is as important as technical skill. You have to think your way through games as well as win the physical battle.
How does your usual day look like during competition season?
On a competition game day involves intervals of food, stretching, tactical refreshers and more food. Everything is strictly measured and timed. Eat this much, stretch for this amount of time, nap so many hours before the game. Game day prep is trialed, perfected and followed strictly. By doing so I release worry and gain confidence that every box has been ticked.
How have your days looked during lockdown?
I’m recovering from ankle surgery, so I’ve been crawling around on the floor with the dog to move around the house! Tidying, looking after the baby, exercising, rehab and TV.
What is your proudest moment from your career?
Stepping out on the pitch at the Olympics. A dream realised. Having not performed as well as we wanted that pride is also clouded in a range of other emotions.
What injuries have you had and how did/do they affect you?
A few! All were training ground collisions and injuries. I ruptured ligaments in my ankle, I had a slap tear in my shoulder and a broken fibular.
How does NuroKor help your recovery?
I have been using it to help me recover after an ankle injury. I’ve been using it regularly to build muscle in my calf that has been resting and wasting away for two months.
Where do you use NuroKor?
On my calf, shoulder and abdominals.
Henry using the NuroKor mibody to build muscle strength in his calves
What are your main goals in the short and long term as an athlete?
Short term, to get better each day and enjoy the satisfaction that comes with that. Long term, to beat the best and become the best!
If you weren't an athlete, what would you be doing?
I always wanted to own and run a coffee shop/florist. Maybe I will one day.
You can follow Henry’s journey on Instagram @henryweir_