The Olympians

Olympics past and future

By Jennifer McCann

With the 2012 London Olympics approaching it is perhaps time to recall the success of Welwyn Garden citizen Dennis Carnill.  He was a member of the England Hockey Team who played at the Helsinki Olympics in 1952 and came away victorious with the Bronze Medal.  He was also a member of the British Hockey team which competed at the Melbourne Olympics in 1956 where they narrowly missed the medals table.

Dennis was the son of Mr R J Carnill, who for many years ran a Haberdashery and Drapers at 42 Howardsgate.  Mr Carnill senior was a wicket keeper for the Welwyn Garden City Cricket Club.

They both became Honorary Life Members of the Blueharts Hockey Club.


This page was added on 03/11/2011.

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  • You can see a full list of all the past local Olympians and Paralympians from the Welwyn Hatfield area by going to this website  Then go the page about Olympians and Paralympians. There is a link there to the banners we have produced in partnership with WHSPAA.  

    To find out more about local sportspeople past and present and their sporting disciplines go to our website: Then Click on exhibitions and go to “Sporting Heroes.”

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