A FORMER Taunton school pupil has been selected for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Maddie Hinch, who attended King's College between 2002 and 2007, has been named in the Team GB women's hockey squad, who travel to Japan as reigning Olympic champions.

Goalkeeper Hinch played a starring role as Britain defeated the Netherlands in the final at Rio 2016.

The 32-year-old is one of six players who will be representing Team GB for a second time, while Laura Unsworth is set for her third Olympic Games.

Hinch took a 10-month break from international hockey following the 2018 Women's World Cup, but remains Britain's first choice goalkeeper going into their title defence.

Team GB women’s head coach Mark Hager said: “For many of our Great Britain squad this has been a five-year journey in the making.

"Narrowing our squad down from 26 [to 16] has been extremely difficult and highlighted the depth and talent we have.

"I have been humbled by how our entire Great Britain squad has supported each other through the selection process.

"There is a lot of potential in this team and I am very excited to see what this group of not only talented athletes, but exceptional people, can bring in Tokyo.

"We have a good balance of experience within the group to draw upon as we continue to challenge each other, and I am looking forward to seeing this group of athletes perform on the world stage."

Team GB women's hockey squad: Giselle Ansley, Grace Balsdon, Fiona Crackles, Maddie Hinch (GK), Sarah Jones, Hannah Martin, Shona McCallin, Lily Owsley, Hollie Pearne-Webb (c), Izzy Petter, Ellie Rayer, Sarah Robertson, Anna Toman, Susannah Townsend, Laura Unsworth, Leah Wilkinson

Reserves: Amy Costello, Sarah Evans