Old Caterhamians, Caterham School, Sarah Slater

Sarah Slater (OC 2005–2015) Loughborough 1st XII Lacrosse Team

I am currently playing for the Loughborough 1st XII Lacrosse team, competing in the BUCS Premiership Division. Playing in this team has given me some of my most exciting, and fondest memories at Loughborough so far.

To be able to compete against the best universities we do have to commit to a rigorous weekly training schedule. My average week consists of three pitch sessions, a game on Wednesday, and two or three gym sessions which vary between conditioning and weights. Although this is quite a lot to balance with other aspects of university life, perhaps one of my favourite things about playing at Loughborough is the endless motivation provided here. This is in the form of coaches, strength and conditioning support, exceptionally talented team mates, as well as rubbing shoulders with some of the best sporting talents in the world – occasionally lifting weights next to Olympic champion Adam Peaty is certainly something that inspires me to push myself to the limit.

Playing in various teams over the years has provided me with friends for life, and memories to match.

I am ultimately so grateful to Caterham School, where I first picked up a lacrosse stick and to the exceptional coaches who helped nurture my enthusiasm, allowing me to go on and compete for Scotland at the U19 World Championships – one of my greatest achievements to date.