Borders hockey ace Sarah Robertson received an early Christmas present last week when she was named Young Player of the Year by the sport’s governing body.
The 21-year-old from Selkirk was presented with her trophy by Borders hockey development officer and Fjordhus Reivers coach Janet Jack at Tweedbank, and was delighted to be back where it all started, surrounded by her former team mates and coaches.
“It was great to receive my award back at my old club,” she told TheSouthern.
“It really caps off a most incredible year. I had a really disappointing year in 2013 in terms of selection and injury and this year has been the complete opposite so it is great to be recognised for that by Scottish Hockey.”
After receiving her award Robertson delivered a short skills session to Fjordhus Reivers junior players. Such was the excitement over her visit that over 40 youngsters appeared at the venue, having only had a few days prior notice of the visit.
Having showed promise at Selkirk High School, Robertson joined the Fjordhus club at the age of 14 and continued to play for three years before leaving to study law, and continue her hockey, at Edinburgh University.
Playing what is now seen as a fast, physically demanding game, Robertson has shown both physical and mental toughness to ride the knocks and stay with the pace. She was rewarded in the summer when she was chosen to play for Scotland at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
“When I think back it was definitely a highlight, not only of this year but of my hockey career to date,” she proclaimed. “One moment I will never forget was at the opening ceremony. We were getting ready to walk out and were in the queue in the tunnel at Park Head when Euan Burton, the Scottish flag bearer, shouted ‘Are you ready?’, and everyone just let out this almighty roar and then walked out to hear around 40,000 people screaming and cheering for us. I will never forget it.”
Having taken a year out of her studies to concentrate on the Games, Robertson will resume her course after the new year when she will also be living and training with Team GB in London ahead of the Rio Olympics in 2016.
Last week, as well as giving practical lessons on the pitch, she gave the young Reivers players an insight into what it takes to be an international player and her experiences so far.
Coach Jack told us: “The whole evening was a tremendous experience for the junior players in the Borders and they have all been encouraged to practice, practice, practice and apply themselves fully at every training session and game if they want to develop and improve and make it to the very top of their sport.”
Borders Hockey Development and Fjordhus Reivers would like to congratulate Sarah on her award, and would also like to say how very grateful they are to her for giving up her valuable time during her well earned break from full time hockey to come along and inspire the next generation of hockey players from the Borders.