Will Moulton – Founder/Editor
Twitter/Instagram – @moulton_will
Away from The 52, Will Moulton is a Comms Officer at England/GB Hockey, a role he is privileged to hold having had his passion for generating equal women’s media coverage ignited by the gold medal winning hockey team from Rio 2016. You can also read what inspired him to set up the blog here.
He also puts this passion into action as co-host of the SportSpiel podcast where and has undertaken work experience with The Guardian, LiveWire Sport and All Out Cricket as well as writing for the Women’s Sport Trust. He also has a ‘Gold Standard’ NCTJ Multimedia Sports Journalism Diploma from News Associates and a First Class BA Hons in ‘Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity’ from Durham University.
Will has participated in a number of sports over the years – most notably winning two national cheerleading titles – and is a huge fan of cricket, F1, rugby union, football, hockey and athletics in particular.
Twitter – @remi_allen
Instagram – @remi_allen10
A long standing member of the Barclays FAWSL, Remi currently plays for Reading Women FC. She has enjoyed a strong four year period with the club, achieving great personal success – including winning three awards at the end of the 2017/18 season – as well as a fourth-placed finish in the league and an FA Cup semi final.
Remi previously played for Birmingham City Ladies, Lincoln Ladies, Leeds Carnegie and her hometown club Leicester City.
As well as a brilliant athlete, Remi is a passionate individual when it comes to all things football and has a huge ambition to support and promote all things mental health. Remi previously guest wrote an article about the people who inspire her every day, while we also wrote a piece of why we find her so inspiring her during the initial run of The 52.
Twitter – @adjhooper1992
Instagram – @adjhooper
Photo credit – Martine Xerri
Alongside being an Assistant Content Editor at Essex Live, Alasdair is also the co-host and producer of the SportSpiel podcast alongside our founder Will, a show that welcomes athletes from all manner of sports and involves in-depth feature interviews where they can tell their stories properly and personally.
He gained his ‘Gold Standard’ NCTJ Multimedia Sports Journalism Diploma alongside Will at News Associates, is also a qualified Reach PLC senior journalist and has an MA in History and Politics from the University of Dundee.
Despite working in news, Alasdair is a self-proclaimed sports fanatic and used to fence internationally for Great Britain. He can regularly be found watching whatever sport is on the TV and keeping his fingers crossed that West Ham will avoid relegation.
He is passionate about powerful stories that deserve to be told. Sport – and particularly women’s sport – is full of tales of adversity, perseverance and determination and he feels privileged to be able to tell them. Alasdair previously guest wrote a piece on boxer Stacey Copeland, which you can read here.
Twitter – @SMcCallin
Instagram – @shonamccallin24
Shona McCallin is an Olympic and European champion hockey player, having been part of the GB set up since 2013 and being part of the team that won the famous gold in Rio three years later.
While hockey may be her day job she also takes a keen interest in writing for her own website, visiting schools and being a well rounded athlete. Through some lengthy injuries in 2018 Shona penned a guest blog for The 52, which you can read here, while also appearing with Will and fellow writer Alasdair on the SportSpiel podcast.
We’re delighted to welcome Shona to the team and she will be keeping us up to date with what is happening with the GB team in the lead up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Twitter/Instagram – @juliaellencook
Julia Cook is a journalist, athlete, student and massive sports fan. She has been involved in sport her entire life, most notably competing in athletics at a national level, football to an academy level and also enjoying a stint with GB’s skeleton team. An accomplished lacrosse athlete, netball player and swimmer too, sport has been central to every aspect of her livelihood.
Following a year at Arsenal FC as a football coach and English Teacher, working both in London and in Vietnam at one of Arsenal’s international Soccer Schools, Julia completed a BSc in Sport Science at Swansea University. During this time Julia built her journalism portfolio, having articles published in Athletics Weekly and Vinco, as well as Swansea University’s newspaper, the Waterfront, on a wide range of topics and sports.
Julia was the Media Executive for Sport Swansea for two years, alongside working on the social media accounts for British Athletics and Vinco at major athletics events, and is currently embarking upon an MA in Sports Journalism at St Mary’s University.
As a female athlete and journalist, The 52 Blog’s mission of giving women’s sport the platform it deserves resonates heavily with Julia and is a cause she is extremely passionate about.
Twitter – @_tess_howard
Instagram – @howard_tess
Tess Howard is a current GB international hockey player. Last October, she joined as the youngest member of the squad at 19 and three weeks later earned her first GB cap at the Champion’s Trophy tournament. Having been pitch-side at the 2018 London World Cup as spectator, she has now established herself as a mainstay in the England and GB teams and is widely regarded as one of the most exciting young players in the game.
Tess is also in her second year at Durham University studying Human Geography, combining her interests for politics, economics, philosophy and law. She will be contributing to The 52 Blog with pieces that marry her passions of sport and geography, such as why women wear skorts, the media’s role in how serious women’s sport is taken, and why field hockey is arguably the most gender equitable sport around. And all with an acute lens as a geographically curious young female elite hockey player.
Twitter – Goddeno
Ollie is an avid sports fan and sports journalist who began his journalism career by writing and broadcasting for Durham University’s student newspaper (Palatinate) and radio station (Purple Radio). Having had a year-long break from journalism to qualify as a teacher, he is now studying for a Masters in Sports Journalism at Staffordshire University.
Away from journalism, in the summer months Ollie enjoys playing and coaching cricket at his club in Surrey, whilst he fills his winters by playing hockey and keenly following the fortunes of Sheffield Wednesday. Coaching women’s rugby at university influenced his decision to teach PE after completing his undergraduate degree, an experience which fuelled his interest in women’s sport and in equal opportunities.
A huge hockey fan, Alex has become a regular and hugely well respected Hockey Maker within the England Hockey community and has volunteered at some of the biggest events, including the 2018 Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup. Alex is also a keen player of the game as well, regularly turning out in goal for her team, and also coaches the next generation of players.
Alex has made some lifelong friends through her fantastic work with England Hockey and had some incredible experiences. As a result, she will be using her writing to give a flavour of what being a volunteer in international sport is like and how being able to work alongside her heroes has changed her life.
Laura is a World and European medallist in trampoline gymnastics. She has been a national squad member for the past 14 years and currently spends most of her week training away from home at Lilleshall NSC with the Great Britain team.
A recent Bsc Psychology graduate, Laura spends some of her time around training working to support athletes, coaches and parents manage issues such as skill confusion, mental blocks and confidence, something she looks to grow beyond her trampoline career. Laura enjoys all sports and the stories behind all involved.