Where did your passion for sport come from?
Mostly my parents; my Mum was a very good gymnast and dancer and my Dad played rugby for England so sport was always a huge part of my life growing up. I also had many teachers who inspired me.
What is your greatest playing moment?
Beating Australia in front of a great home crowd at Cobham in 2009 (they were reigning World Champions at the time).
What motivates you to get up and train on cold wet mornings?
The thought that I’d be letting my team mates down if I didn’t get up and do it.
When did you first put in extra training – what made you?
At School I spent hours practicing shooting (netball and lacrosse) whenever I had free time, I even started to get a little crowd of people who joined me for extra practice. The concept of training was engrained early in me as I started doing serious swimming training at the age of 8.
If you didn't do top level Lacrosse, what would you do instead?
Well, since I retired in September 2013, I think I would like to take up triathlons. I am just waiting for my body to recover from the World Cup…and to find time to buy a bike!
Who are your sporting idols? – why?
I think I have 2; Jonny Wilkinson – amazing dedication, a true perfectionist who loves the sport for the sports own sake and doesn’t seek the limelight. Katherine Grainger for her determination to never give up and for spending an incredible number of years training for a grueling sport.
What is the toughest thing about playing international level sport?
Injuries – I managed to pick up an injury in the first 10 minutes of the World Cup, which sadly ended my tournament. It was hard, having trained for 4 years for a moment that didn’t happen as I wanted it to… but for every low in sport, there are many more highs! I am also very hard on myself when I don’t play well. It took me a long time to realize analyzing and over-analyzing my game to pick out everything I could have done better wasn’t the healthiest thing for my well being.
What is the best thing about playing international level sport?
Being successful with a very special group of like-minded people – that is an incredible high.
What do you do to relax after a tough game?
Guilt free eating and watching a funny DVD! (Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, Cadbury’s Chocolate and Diet Coke are always on my list!)
What would you like to achieve with Lacrosse in the future?
It is a really exciting time for me, after 14 years of playing and representing the top Senior England team, I now have a bit more time on my hands. I am really passionate about sharing some of my knowledge with up-and-coming athletes, maybe also a bit of coaching… who knows!