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Hockey: Playing a waiting game

We recently had our squad selection, which is a funny time, especially being named in one of those reserve spots.

It means I know it's unlikely I'm actually going to feature at the Olympics, unless someone gets injured, which would obviously be bittersweet. But at the same time it's a relief that it's all out in the open. I was just pleased to find out, so you know what's going to happen and what position you're in.

We have just had a rest week after the Investec London Cup. I ended up not playing in that because the night before the tournament started, the coaches decided that because we were carrying a lot of injuries they needed another outfielder to cover, so they took the risk of dropping a goalkeeper. It was a little disappointing but that's just the way it sometimes happens.

I was still there and very much part of the team. It's disappointing we finished fifth because we'd hoped we would do better, but that's not necessarily a reflection of not playing well. The team did do a lot of positive things and we created a lot of opportunities with the things we've been practising since January. It was good to see that improvement, but when it comes to the Games we need to put it all together and get the end result as well.

Recently we went to Lord's to watch England v West Indies. Investec invited us along which was awesome because I really like cricket. We were upgraded to a box and had what some would call good fortune, and others misfortune, to be sitting next to Piers Morgan. He was a nice guy in person, charming and chatty, exactly how you would imagine him to be. He has promised that if we win gold at the Olympics, he is going to send all of GB Hockey to watch the next Ashes Test at Lords, and pick up the bill, with all the hospitality included.

Investec have done an unbelievable job for us, but we know the only way we can attract more sponsors and more money is to win matches. I wouldn't say it has put more pressure on us for the Olympics, because every time you play a tournament you know your funding is dependent on it, so the Olympics won't be any different to that. The pressure will come more from within ourselves, we just want to try to do ourselves justice after everything we've been doing over the last three years.

I've just come back from the GlaxoSmithKline Scientists in Sport programme. They invite school kids and introduce them to science in sport and encourage them to get involved, which is part of their role as official laboratory providers for the Olympics. I went to two events, in Bedford and Liverpool, and it was great to see the kids getting really excited about it. I was able to talk about my work as a surgeon and show the kids people can do science and still carry on with their sport.

Investec, the specialist bank and asset manager, support women's hockey from grassroots level through to the Great Britain national team. For more information on the women's GB team visit www.investec.co.uk or www.englandhockey.co.uk

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