In the run up to Varsity, the Boar Sport, Warwick Sport and Warwick SU have teamed up to pose quick-fire questions to #TeamWarwick athletes. The first of a 10 part series sees five of the UWLHC exec answer our questions…
How long have you been playing Hockey?
Ellie Martin (President): 14 years.
Alice Gil (Match Secretary): 11 years.
Molly Adkin (Club Captain): 5 years.
Emily Carman (Treasurer): About 11 years.
Katie Harwood (Social Hockey Captain): 1 year!
What drew you to the sport?
EM: I had always been sporty, but the team aspect of hockey and the fact that it was physical yet skilful attracted me to play.
AG: I really liked both the team aspect and the sociable side of the game.
MA: I was good at it!
EC: My friends all played the sport and I love the team spirit it brings!
KH: My sister played it at uni and said it was fun, so I thought I’d try it too. I also wanted to meet new people.
What does #TeamWarwick mean to you?
EM: Team Warwick means being able to represent your club, but on behalf of the entire university sports body. You are part of the bigger community of players all supporting each other to achieve.
AG: I love being part of a group of competitive individuals and teams who share the same drive to win for Warwick.
EC: The university-wide coming together of sports – on the POP! dancefloor as well as the pitch!
KH: It represents loads of people who are all into different sports but getting along, celebrating each others’ successes and keeping up fitness.
What do you appreciate most about being part of #TeamWarwick Performance?
EM: I love how close we get with other sports clubs; it’s a huge network of likeminded people all working together to achieve sporting success on behalf of the University.
AG: Knowing that when you’re representing the university you have the backing of the rest of #TeamWarwick.
MA: Being part of the wider Warwick sports community.
EC: Getting all the additional support and feeling like you’re part of the sports community.
You’ve competed in Varsity before; what was the highlight of last year’s Varsity fixture?
EM: Highlight was our 1st XI remaining unbeaten for the past 25 years and winning 7-0!!
AG: The support and hype before the game.
MA: Having so much #TeamWarwick support on the sidelines.
EC: Having such a wide selection of people come to watch and support, and the boom box and mic to get us all hyped.
Do you have any pre-game/competition rituals?
EM: We always chant our team chant, and I smack my shin pads twice with my stick before the whistle gets blown and the game begins.
AG: “Warwick” on the “1-2, 1-2, WARWICK.”
MA: Eating a banana!
EC: Re-tying my shoelaces – safety first, always xo.
KH: Our group huddle.