Emma Adams may only be 22, but the England defender is already slowly accumulating an impressive collection of medals; a multiple BUCS winner with Durham, and two successes on the world stage, which all began with victory at the National Schools Championships.
In her first senior National Schools Tournament back in 2012, Emma tasted immediate success as Guildford High defeated Benenden 1-0 in the final to win the Championship title.
“It’s an absolutely fantastic tournament where you really do see the best of school lacrosse, but it is also such an exhausting tournament and filled with so many highs and lows and the win in 2012 is one of the greatest moments of my lacrosse career,” said Adams.
But the memories are not all sweet for Adams, as her following year’s tournament was abruptly cut short after sustaining a serious injury in the very first match of the tournament.
“One of my distinct memories of nationals, other than winning in my first year, was the second year I played at senior level where I unfortunately sustained serious ligament damage to my left ankle in the first match on the first day.
“The feeling of frustration and pain from having to sit on the sideline and watch my team instead of perform with them made that tournament one of the most emotionally draining I have experienced in my career.
“But nothing still quite compares to National Schools, in terms of the intensity of the tournament, playing so many games over the two days against all the top teams in the country, the constant flowing of adrenaline and nerves just makes winning extra special”.
And although Adams has most of her international career still ahead of her, she is now already enjoying passing on her knowledge to the next generation, taking up a role as lacrosse coach at Berkhamsted School and will get her first taste of the Rathbones National Schools Championships as a coach.
“Working at Berkhamsted has been a great experience for me, all of the girls have been an absolute joy to teach and Berkhamsted has created a fantastic atmosphere around sport so that the participation and success rates are constantly rising.
“It was quite bizarre for me being on the other end of the coach/player relationship but being able to pass on your knowledge and experience and watching the players grow and develop from your coaching has been such a satisfying experience”.
Full and extended interview can be found in your 2018 Rathbones National Schools Lacrosse Championships programme.