ICAN remember exactly where I was when Danny Kerry first called me up and feel incredibly lucky to have gone on and played at two Olympics – ending with that magical night in Rio.
I was in my house in my second year of university and Danny rang me and asked me if I would go and trial for the women’s squad. I went along and actually got my first GB cap before getting my first England one.
From there I got asked onto the programme and was selected for the Champions Trophy in 2010 in Nottingham.
It was such a proud moment when I first ran onto the field at the tournament. It was incredibly nerve-wracking though because I was only young and being able to play alongside people whom I had only ever looked up to was unbelievable.
I had never ever thought I would play at this level and I certainly didn't anticipate that I would be part of the senior GB programme in that 2012 cycle.
I kind of had in mind the 2016 cycle and so for the first game that I put on the strip and went out with all the girls was incredibly special.
I have also been really lucky in terms of injury. I did a ligament in my ankle about five weeks before the London test event in 2012 and we had the Olympic selection right after that.
It was a mad panic but the physios pulled me through and got me playing. That was my ‘ eeeekkk’ moment but I made it through it all somehow.
I am so proud to have played the internationals that I have and the best of them had to have been that magical night in Rio.
I remember scoring the equaliser then looking up to the clock and thinking if we can go all the way to shuffles we would definitely win the game.
And when the final whistle went Kate RichardsonWalsh ran passed us shouting “Yes! Penalties! We have got this girls!” We had prepared for every scenario and things kept going our way.
After Rio I got back to England and began my law training contract in London. I was meant to start after 2012 but they allowed me to defer until after Rio which was amazing.
I felt it was the right time to start that so I’ve taken a step back from the international side of things for the time being and what I do with that is still to be decided.
It has been a long journey. I started playing hockey at about the age of seven and always enjoyed it. I played quite a bit at Lincoln HC but it wasn't really until when I went to Repton for senior school that I really started to take it seriously.
I joined Cannock when I was at Repton and that was really where things started to take off for me.
When I was really young I absolutely loved netball but that started to change.
Martin Jones was my coach and I was there at the same time as Suzie Gilbert. I think he recognised we had the capability to do something special so he got us training with the first team at 14 years-old. He has definitely played a massive part in both of our hockey careers.
He and Matt Taylor from Cannock always supported me, especially when I was trying to balance the demands of school and hockey.
After school I went to Bristol University and played at Clifton. I was there for four years.
Now I’m in my fifth year at Surbiton. I came in just after we had been promoted into the Premier League, and we have grown over those years. The nicest thing is that we are not
settling at all.