Further Personal Information
||High Wycombe, ENG
||Sport and Recreation Studies - Loughborough University: Leicester, ENG
Sport Specific Information
|When and where did you begin this sport?
||She first played hockey at age 10 at the South Leicester Hockey Club in 1996.
|Why this sport?
||Her best friend joined the hockey club and they needed more members to continue as a club.
|Club / Team
||Leicester: Leicester, ENG
|Preferred position / style / stance / technique
||Kerreh, due to her Leicester accent. (Athlete, 15 Sep 2010)
||Spending time with her family and friends. Going to music concerts and watching sports events. (Athlete, 15 Sep 2010)
|Memorable sporting achievement
||Winning a bronze medal at the 2010 World Cup in Rosario, Argentina. (Athlete, 03 Jul 2011)
|Most influential person in career
||Her parents and her boyfriend. (Athlete, 03 Jul 2011)
|Hero / Idol
||Argentine hockey player Luciana Aymar. (Athlete, 03 Jul 2011)
|Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
||She always puts her right shinpad on before the left one. (Athlete, 15 Sep 2010)
|Sporting philosophy / motto
||"Train hard, play hard and be yourself." (Athlete, 15 Sep 2010)
||To win a gold medal at the Olympic Games. (Athlete, 07 Aug 2009)
In an interview with the BBC in 2009, she talks about how much of a handful she was as a child, admitting she once put her hands over her mother's eyes while she was driving. "In a big family I always wanted to get noticed. And I did it by being horrible. My mum started getting me involved in sport to calm me down - she said I needed to learn discipline. I used to do so many sports and it calmed me down, made me focus and helped me move to the top of my classes." (BBC, 08 Jul 2009)
BALLET OR HOCKEY
When she was 15, she had to make a choice between an audition for the Royal Ballet School and the England U16 hockey trials. "I got to the stage where I was playing hockey and then jumping in the car for ballet, having to put my leotard on and do my hair in the car - it was too much. I decided on hockey because it's a team sport and it's so unpredictable. I miss performing but it can be the same thing night after night." (BBC, 08 Jul 2009)
YOUTH SPORTS TRUST
She is one of the athlete-mentors in a program called Youth Sports Trust, alongside badminton player Gail Emms and swimmer Nick Gillingham. "My role is to help disengaged children so I have to be honest and open, using my own experience, to get them to open up. They see what I've achieved and once they realise I'm a normal person they see what they can achieve." (BBC, 08 Jul 2009)