I am profoundly deaf. I have two implants, one Naida and Cochlear. I have played multiple sports: swimming, hockey, tennis, karate and cricket. I don’t play any of those sports anymore apart from hockey. Hockey is my life now and my best sport. I have been playing hockey since the age of 7 and hated it then but as I grew older playing more and more, I started to enjoy it passionately. I love it so much now.
As I went up the age groups to u14s, I was nominated to be put into the JDC (Junior Development Centre) and then got through to JAC (Junior Academy Centre- Berkshire). These stages are trials to get into the England hockey team. Unfortunately, that year, I didn’t make it into the Berkshire team. However, I didn’t let that hold back my desire, so I kept going. I redid the trials again this year and got through to JRPC (Junior Regional Performance Centre) and got into the team to play the competitions. Unfortunately, I didn’t get through to the next stage. Still I was not going to let that stop me from trying more and more. So I’m back training again this year and doing lots of match practices and I am committed to keep going.
I think that deafness and hockey can still go together but the only negative I find is wearing hair grips on my implants to stop them from falling off whilst I’m running or if I get pushed over. I never used to wear the hair grips, but now I do because I realise now that’s one of the things that going to help me isn’t it? I don’t let anyone use my deafness as an excuse to not play hockey including me!
My hopes for the future are to be part of the England hockey team and to play ladies 1’s for my club. So my message to everyone is don’t listen to what other people think, do what you love!