John Hanson Yr 11 students were lucky to receive a visit last week from ex student and current Scottish Hockey International Becky Condie.(pictured right) The visit was part of a programme designed to inspire and motivate Year 11 in their final important year at school by receiving presentations from ex students describing their academic and career journey since leaving school.
Since leaving John Hanson in 2006 with 10 GCSE’s A* – C, Becky studied A’levels at Peter Symonds College before completing a Sports Science degree at the University of Birmingham and a Masters Degree in Exercise Science & Well Being from Old Dominion University in America. She now works at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham as a Cardiac Physiologist and is completing another Masters Degree in Clinical Science (Cardiology). Becky’s hockey career started at school and progressed from Andover Hockey Club to Trojans and now Birmingham University who play in the National Premier League. Becky has represented Scotland in all Junior age groups for Scotland and more recently has won her first four senior cap’s.
The Year 11 students were captivated by the presentation and asked several considered questions. Alice Goodridge Yr 11 said “it was really interesting to hear from someone who, only 8 years ago was in our shoes exactly. Her success on and off the hockey pitch was very inspiring and it has made me more determined to succeed”. Following the assembly with Year 11, Becky led a training session for 20 students who all attend John Hanson’s after school hockey club. The session focused mainly on the attacking skills such as shooting and beating a player. Michael Portsmouth Year 10 stated “the session was great fun and I learnt some skills I had never tried before. It was a great experience to see just how good you have to be to become an International”.
The visit was organised by Claire Coomer, Head of Yr 11, who was extremely pleased with how the students reacted. “It was great to welcome Becky back into school, I hope that hearing from someone who came from a similar background to them will spur the year group on to greater efforts throughout Yr 11”.
Becky’s target for the future is to secure a place in the Senior Scottish Squad for the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia in 2018.