Five minutes with…hockey player Emily Hicks


At just 11 years old, Emily Hicks has proven to be a tenacious hockey player and she is one of Jarrold Intersport’s sponsored athletes. We grabbed a few minutes with her to find out how she keeps herself motivated.

She’s a rising star when it comes to the world of hockey and in the words of the coach who recently awarded her the Norwich cup for ‘significant progress over the course of the season’, “She does not care if her opponent is bigger, stronger, or faster, she does her job, and does it frighteningly well.”

So what makes Emily the one to watch in Hockey?

I started playing hockey aged 8 when I went to my new school - Langley Prep at Taverham Hall,” said Emily. “I am currently training with the Norwich City U12 and Ladies Development team, playing matches on the weekend.  With school I play matches on Wednesday and have a hockey tour to Dublin in October.”

You have gone from a squad player to a starting player and you represent your school Langley Prep at Taverham Hall at regional and national competitions – how did you achieve this?

 “I train hard, have a strong desire to win, and enjoy being part of a team.”

And you have qualified for the East Regional Finals with the U12 Norwich City Hockey team – how did that make you feel?

“It made me feel very happy because all our hard work and practice paid off.”

What’s your biggest achievement in hockey so far?

My biggest achievement so far is going to the IAPS Hockey Nationals Finals at Millfield School with the school team last season.

Have you experienced any challenges in your hockey development? If so, what were these and how did you overcome them?

One of my challenges has been playing in teams above my age group where the players are bigger and stronger. I have overcome this with determination and "sharp elbows"!! 

 If you could give three pieces of advice to someone at school who wants to give hockey a try what would they be?

When trying to conquer a new skill practice is key, don't worry if things don't work straight away, and believe in yourself  (and get all your gear from Jarrold Intersport!)

Emily is one of Jarrold Intersport’s sponsored athletes.

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