THOMAS Sarah < Back  
Sport Hockey
CGA Wales   
Gender Women
Born 13 Jan 1981 in Merthyr Tydfil, WAL
Height1.60 m
Weight 59 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Henley, ENG
Occupation Athlete
Languages English
Higher education Sports Science - Exeter University: Exeter, ENG
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She started playing hockey at age 12 at school.
Why this sport? She played hockey at school once, scored a goal and really enjoyed it, so she decided to join a club.
Name of coach Danny Kerry [national]
Preferred position / style / stance / technique Forward
International Debut
Year 1999
Competing for Wales
General Interest
Nicknames Vaga, Tomo, Sharinta (Athlete, 31 Jul 2008)
Hobbies Watching films, eating out, listening to music, hanging out with friends and travelling. (GB Hockey Media Guide 2008)
Memorable sporting achievement Captaining Wales to victory at the 2007 EuroHockey Nations Challenge in Zagreb, Croatia and winning her first cap for Great Britain. (GB Hockey Media Guide 2008)
Most influential person in career Her parents and her first international coach Margaret Medlow. (GB Hockey Media Guide 2008)
Hero / Idol Hockey players Jamie Dwyer and Teun de Nooijer. (Athlete, 31 Jul 2008)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs Before a match, she always shaves her legs, wears lucky underwear and jumps three times before the whistle is blown. (Athlete, 31 Jul 2008)
Sporting philosophy / motto "You get out what you put in." (GB Hockey Media Guide 2008)
Awards and honours She was named as BBC Wales' Junior Sports Personality of the Year for 1997. (Athlete, 31 Jul 2008)
Ambitions To win an Olympic gold medal. (GB Hockey Media Guide 2008)
Other information LONDON PREPARATION
After spending seven years playing club hockey for Rotterdam in the Dutch league she moved to England in June 2011 to focus on training with the Great Britain squad. Unlike the rest of the Great Britain squad, she decided not to join an English club for the 2011/12 season. "I figured it would be difficult to go along to a club just on a Saturday and miss the training because our Great Britain commitments would not allow us to be there. It would feel weird to me because I would be just turning up at the weekend and not be available for every game." (walesonline.co.uk, 19 Dec 2011)