This week, we’re delighted to introduce you to our sport scholar, Scotland Senior Women’s Hockey player, Rebecca ‘Bex’ Condie!
Bex is currently studying for her MSc in Clinical Science (Cardiac) at Manchester Metropolitan University.
When she’s not studying, Bex is competing in the Investec Premier Division of the England Women’s Hockey league as Captain for her home club, the University of Birmingham. Just last week, Bex led her team to close 2015 at the top of the Premier Division after scoring the only goal in their last match of the year against Buckingham on 28 November.
What is the highest level at which you have ever competed?
“I have competed within the Scotland Senior Women’s Hockey team since 2014.”
What are your great sporting achievements?
“Competing for Scotland Seniors since 2014, after progressing from the U18 and U21 outdoor squads, and for the University of Birmingham Hockey Club since 2009. In 2011, I also studied at Old Dominion University (ODU) in Virginia, after receiving a full sports scholarship and competed as part of the Old Dominion Field Hockey, who were ranked number one nationally and that year were named CAA (Colonial Athletic Association) champions.”
What are your notable achievements outside of sport?
“During my year at ODU, I was awarded the Graduate Award for Academic Excellence in Exercise Science and Wellbeing.”
How did you get involved with your sport?
“I first got involved in year ten at school when my PE teacher convinced me to change from playing football to playing hockey. In hindsight that was quite a good decision!”
What are your future ambitions and aspirations?
“The 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games is definitely the aim, and we have World Cup qualification, Europeans and other international fixtures in the build up to that.”
Who has had the biggest influence on your life?
“My family have been instrumental to where I am today and I’ll forever be grateful for the hours they have put in to make my dreams come true. I’ve also been very fortunate to be coached by some incredible individuals (Phil Gooderham and Beth Anders) who have taught me key lessons that can be applied to life outside of hockey.”
What’s the best part about being a high performance athlete?
“Being able to continuously challenge myself to be ‘fitter, faster and stronger’ and being able to travel the world and meet some incredible people.”
What advice would you give to a young athlete?
“It’s the possibility of a dream coming true that makes life interesting.”