ME AND MY SPORT – PROFILING BORDERS ASP ATHLETES

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Name: Leia Mackinnon.

Age: 15.

Hometown: Earlston.

Sport: Hockey.

Position: Forward/striker.

Teams: Earlston High, South Schools Under-16s, Fjordhus Reivers, Scotland Under-16s.

Coaches: Janet Jack, Pippa Bell and Bill Robson.

Your own best moment in sport so far?: Scoring a goal for Scotland at the UK School Games against Wales. We won 7-0.

Aims for the next 12 months?: To be selected for Under-18 Scotland squad.

Who in your sport has inspired you most and why? Kate Walsh, because she is always determined, such as when she got her jaw broken playing at the Olympics, she carried on.

Favourite TV sporting moment of all time: Definitely Andy Murray winning Wimbledon. It took determination and hard work and it obviously paid off!

Best thing about your sport?: Working together as a team and making friends within the squad.

Fav piece of kit/equipment? My hockey stick. I couldn’t score goals without it!

If you had the chance to change one thing in your sport, what would it be?: People thinking it is a girls’ sport.

Venue at which you most aspire to compete: The Olympic Hockey Centre in Sydney, Australia.

If not in this sport, would like to compete in: Athletics (sprinting). I love the close competition.

Current most played song or track on your i-pod or MP3 player: Addicted to you by Avicii.

... but can’t stand: Anything by Cheryl Cole.

Competition superstition or “must-do” personal routine: Turning my stick in my hands before the game starts.

When not competing or training I like to: Meet up with my friends, spend time with my family, play the guitar and sleep.

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. For more information see www.sportborders.org.uk/asp