Olympic gold medallist Giselle Ansley, who spent her formative years training at Marjon, returned to Plymouth Marjon Hockey Club.
The Great Britain defender helped Team GB to their first women’s Olympic hockey title in Rio.
On being presented with an award from the club, she said: "I was totally overwhelmed. When I was on the podium I didn’t get anywhere near tears, but I did today. Getting honorary life membership of the club where I pretty much learnt everything means a lot to me.
“Jackie Daw and Jamie Oxley taught me everything about hockey, along with my mum. So this club does mean a lot to me."
Acting Vice Chancellor Dr Karen Cook said: "We're delighted to welcome Giselle home to Marjon and excited by the increased level of interest in hockey, particularly following the Olympic success and the University, Sport England, the Hockey Foundation and the club have commited to providing funds for an additional pitch to address the shortage of pitches in the City."
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