Taking up a lacrosse stick for the first time aged 11 years old, it seemed an unachievable dream to play in an U19 World Championships. I loved playing at school, so joined Centaurs Lacrosse Club to get some more playing time into my week, and to have the opportunity to play against older girls and women, who I could learn so much from. I made it into the England U19 Regional Academy aged 13, and a year later I was delighted to be asked to trial for the U19 National Academy. To my surprise and delight, I made it in, at which point lacrosse started to take up a significant proportion of my life.
I first represented England in a match against Oxton Lacrosse Club, where I played in the U19 B Team. This experience re-ignited my passion to play in an international game, and I continued training hard in school and at Centaurs. The next summer, I went on tour with a squad of around 30 girls to the USA, where the standard of competition was much higher than anything I had experienced before. This made me realise that the best way to improve was to play against better sportswomen and push myself.