SELKIRK striker Sarah Robertson topped off her 18th birthday celebrations last week by being named Ettrick and Lauderdale’s Junior Sports Personality of the Year.
Currently studying law at the University of Edinburgh, Robertson finely balances her academic studies with her hockey training, and is totally committed to both.
She told The Wee Paper: “I work hard at time management and think I have it under control. Most of my time is taken up either with hockey training or studying, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.
Sarah plays for the University 1st XV hockey team, which involves training twice a week and playing games on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
She also plays for Scotland Under-21s and is training for the Under-21 B Division European Championships to be played in Anapa, Russia, in July 2012.
For Scotland, Robertson has to train on a Monday evening and a Friday morning, as well as doing strength and conditioning work. She trains once a month with the whole Scotland squad.
During the summer, she played for the Scotland Under-18 team in the European A Division in Holland.
This followed a nine-month intensive programme of fitness and hockey practice which resulted in her opportunity to play against some of the best teams in the world.
Last year, she played club hockey for Borders Fjordhus with local hockey legend Janet Jack, who has been a massive influence on her.
“Fjordhus has a great set-up and everyone is friendly and willing to help each other out,” she added.
“The camaraderie among the girls is great and we’re like one big family, so I don’t really feel I’m missing out on anything socially.”
Sarah collected her award from Councillor Graham Garvie at a star-studded evening at the Scottish Borders Campus in Galashiels.
Guest speaker was British Touring Car Champion 1989/95, John Cleland, who praised sports councils for the work they do, as well as talking of his experiences of competing on tracks at home and abroad at a high level.
Other winners were: Sport Personality of the Year – Scott Wight (Melrose RFC); Team of the Year – Melrose RFC; Coach of the Year – Alex Jordan (swimming); Junior Coach of the Year – Katie Addison (tennis); SALSC Service to Local Sport – Margaret Wilson (bowling).
All six winners will now go through to the James McLean Trust Celebration of Sport Awards to be held on Saturday, November 19, at the Cross Keys Hotel, Kelso.