Robertson aims for Rio after GB call-up

Sarah Robertson ( Selkirk) scottish hockey internationlist named as ' Wee paper ' Sports Personality of the year.
Sarah Robertson ( Selkirk) scottish hockey internationlist named as ' Wee paper ' Sports Personality of the year.

Borders hockey star Sarah Robertson is shooting for the stars after being selected to join the Team GB training squad ahead of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The 21-year-old from Selkirk has spent the last four weeks in Belgium playing for KHC Leuven, and on her return on Monday found out that she would be part of GB coach Danny Kerry’s 30-strong squad.

Sarah, who starred for Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in July, told TheSouthern: “I’m really pleased, I have been training really hard since Glasgow and it’s a great relief to find out I’m in the squad. Now the hard work really begins!”

Currently on a year out of her law course at Edinburgh University due to her Commonwealth Games commitments, Sarah will resume her studies online in London, where she has already set up home with fellow squad members.

“Edinburgh University has allowed me to continue my course online so I can do my third year down here,” she explained.

“I’m going to really have to discipline myself, but hopefully it will all be worth it.

“Playing in Glasgow in front of a home crowd this summer was a great experience and going to the Olympics would be a dream come true.”

Sarah will continue to train with the GB squad right up to the 2016 Olympics, but will be released to train and compete for Scotland ahead of major events such as the European Championships next year. The GB squad will be narrowed down to just 16 players prior to the Games.

Sarah has also been included among a group of more than 150 top Scottish athletes who have been selected for a prestigious scholarship.

The Winning Students sports scholarships, managed by the University of Stirling, provide gifted young athletes studying in colleges and universities across Scotland with funding support and the flexibility to achieve their sporting and study goals. This funding, along with National Lottery funding for Team GB, will enable Sarah, a former Ettrick & Lauderdale Sports Council and Selkirk Weekend Advertiser award winner, to balance her education with her high-performance commitments at senior level.