Me and my sport: Lauren Tait

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Name: Lauren Tait

Age: 17

Home Town: West Linton

Sport: Netball

Position/Discipline: Goal Defence or Goal Keeper

Club/Team(s): Peebles Netball Club and Caledonian Netball Club

Coach(es): Linda Nicholson, Catherine Maika and Lesley MacDonald (Scotland)

Your own best moment in sport so far: Being selected for U19 Scotland Long Squad this year after the disappointment of missing out at U17 last year. I worked hard for it.

Aims for next 12 months: Get selected to play for the Scotland U19 at the European Championships in April.

Who in your sport has inspired you most and why: Claire Brownie, Scotland defender. Her defensive moves are amazing.

Fav TV sporting moment of all time: Watching the 2012 Olympic Games in London and seeing all the athletes perform at their best was a great incentive.

Best thing about your sport: It is a great physical sport, it brings girls/women together in competition, it’s fast moving, great to watch but even better to play.

Fav piece of kit/equipment: I guess the best thing has to be the dresses – they identify us as a team; walking on court wearing our team colours makes me feel very proud.

If you had the chance to change one thing in your sport, what would it be: To change people’s perception of netball. It is not a soft sport, it is very physical, dynamic and fiercely competitive.

Venue at which you most aspire to compete: Emirates Stadium, Glasgow.

If not in this sport, what would you like to compete in: Swimming, I love the pool.

Currently most played song or track on your i-pod, MP3: Royals by Lorde.

...but can’t stand: Eminem

Competition superstition or “must do” personal routine: Wear the correct kit. If you’ve got the right kit, little can go wrong.

When not competing or training I like to: Watch TV, chat to friends, relax and do a bit of snow boarding.

n The Borders Athlete Support Programme (ASP) is funded through Borders Sports and Leisure Trust and provides support services to promising athletes from the Borders who are recommended by their National Governing Body. See www.sportborders.org.uk/asp