Olympic biographies – Chris Cargo

Debut: vs France, June 2009 (3-1 win)
Age: 30
Caps: 142
International goals: 22
Current club: Racing Club de Bruxelles (Belgium)
Previous clubs: Bangor, Bath Buccaneers (England), Reading (England)
School: Bangor Grammar
Position: Midfield/forward

Chris Cargo. Pic: Adrian Boehm

Chris Cargo. Pic: Adrian Boehm

The versatile Chris Cargo can be used to great effect in both midfield and attack and has been a key part of the Irish panel since 2010, playing in the vast majority of the side’s big tournaments in the past six years including winning European bronze and achieving Olympic qualification.

He came to Irish international attention with a fine performance in the 2009 interprovincial tournament as a last minute call-up for Ulster. He impressed enough to make his Irish debut just three months later – on the same day as Paul Gleghorne – and never looked back, becoming a central panel member in 2010.

He grew up in Newtownards while his school days were based in Bangor Grammar before he moved to Bath in England for his studies. His next move to Reading saw him move into the English Premier League, playing in the Euro Hockey League, before switching to Racing Club de Bruxelles for the last two seasons, helping the side finish second in the Belgian league. Outside of hockey, Cargo is an engineer and is set to join Hampstead and Westminster in England for next season’s club campaign.

Twitter: @chriscargo25

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