I started playing lacrosse when I went to Benenden School aged 11 and it quickly became my favourite thing to do – much to the dismay of many of the academic teachers! I found a home as a midfield defender, mostly due to my ability to read the game well from an early age. At 15 I happened to try out goal keeping in a lesson and found that I had natural talent for the position and the right amount of craziness. 6 months later I was at my first U19 England trial, and selected to play in one of the tournaments. I then joined the national talent development program in its first year and 3 years later represented England at the 2007 U19 World Championships in Peterborough, Canada, where we beat the hosts in a thrilling 3/4 game to win Bronze.
In my final year at school I started to become interested in coaching, attending and achieving my level 1 qualification. I then persuaded the U12 lacrosse coach to let me be her assistant – and so helped out coaching that team in my final year. The summer after I left school I then coached at the English Lacrosse Triple Arrow Camps – where I was mentored by many fantastic coaches and was able to attain my level 2 coaching qualification.
I returned to my county (Kent) the following season to coach the U19B team and then following another Summer with Triple Arrow took on a captain/coach role at the University of Cambridge. This really enabled me to develop as a coach – taking a team through a whole season – where we were undefeated and BUSA champions. I continued my coaching and development with triple arrow in the summers out of university, and took on the U19A Kent side and East Territorial coaching job in my last year at university.
After university I completed my level 3 coaching qualification and started to harbour ambitions to coach at international level. After Nicky Budd was appointed as the new U19 Head Coach in early 2012 I was able to trial to coach on her program, and after a successful trial was appointed assistant coach in charge of defence.
In that summer I travelled to Amsterdam with the Senior England squad as a GK coach for the European Championships (winners), and has since been fully focused on the preparation for the U19 World Championships in Edinburgh this summer. So far so good; we have won all the Home International Competitions and competed strongly in games against Princeton, Loyola and Senior England, Wales & Scotland and at the senior regional tournament in 2015. We had two very successful development tours to Canada and USA and finally our last tour in April with 3 wins, and 4 losses, with 2 of these by losses only by 1 goal! We are as ready as we can be for this world cup and I know the girls who have worked so hard will do us and England proud. #OurYearOurTime