Darcy Bourne: Challenging racism

Full of Fire

Jun 15 2020 • 18 mins

Darcy Bourne is an 18-year-old athlete and member of the England U21 hockey team and GB Elite Development programme. Darcy began playing club hockey for Surbiton Hockey Club in 2012 and has just finished Year 13 at Wellington College. She is off to start at Duke University, North Carolina, on a sports scholarship.

A photo of Darcy protesting at a Black Lives Matter protest last week went viral. The powerful shot by Misan Harriman shows Darcy holding up a homemade poster reading “Why is ending racism a debate?” and has been shared on social media by Martin Luther King III, British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful, Dina Asher Smith, Lewis Hamilton, David Beckham and many others! Darcy grew up noticing the lack of black role models in hockey and hopes to be a role model for young black athletes and use her platform positively.

Darcy speaks about her passion for the Black Lives Matter movement and her hopes for a more racially equal future in hockey. She also speaks about her journey from talented 10-year-old to training with the GB women’s squad. Darcy discusses finishing school in a pandemic, looks forward to her future at university in the USA and gives advice about looking after yourself and striving to be the best you can be.