HWC founder recognised in Queen's birthday honours

Pat Rowley receives British Empire Medal
Saturday, June 11th, 2016
Pat Rowley

Pat Rowley - honoured with the British Empire Medal

Veteran hockey writer Patrick John Phillip Rowley, better known worldwide as Pat Rowley, has been awarded the British Empire Medal for services to hockey in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List published today.

One of the most senior hockey writers in the world, - and one of the founders of the Hockey Writers' Club - Pat has been involved in hockey for over 65 years, as a player, coach, sports correspondent, television and radio commentator, an author and an archivist. His life virtually revolves around the sport of hockey.

A leading and well respected personality worldwide in hockey press circles, his knowledge on the game is well known and respected and called upon on daily basis.

Pat, who first joined the Guardian newspaper in 1950 as a teaboy, worked his way up to become the paper’s hockey correspondent for over 40 years. As well as reporting for the Guardian, Sunday Times and Sunday Express, the Daily Telegraph and the Observer, Pat was also a presenter of sports program at the London Broadcasting Centre (LBC) for a while.

Pat has been the PR and promotions director for the International Hockey Federation for a number of years. He was the founder and editor of the International Hockey Newsletter in 1969 and editor of World Hockey from June 1969 to April 1991. He was awarded FIH order of merit in 1987.

Pat is a past chairman of the Hockey Writers' Club, past chairman of the AIPS Hockey Commission and a past co-opted member of the FIH Media and Communication Committee. He is a trustee of The Hockey Museum.

Dil Bahra