Elise Butcher (OC 2010-2017)

How did sport help you post-Caterham?

Since leaving Caterham, I have been to uni where I was able to continue my love of sport. While at university, I played netball as part of my course team. This was a really great way for me to socialise with my course friends, whilst also making friends with other years on my course and from other courses too.

What’s your favourite memory of sports at school?

My favourite memory of sport at Caterham has to be the netball tour to Dubai. This was such a great opportunity and I loved playing one of my favourite sports with my friends whilst simultaneously being able to experience and learn about another country and culture. I was so fortunate to have this opportunity and I look back on it extremely fondly!

What is the achievement you are most proud of while at school?

At school, my biggest sporting achievement was getting to the finals of the Lacrosse National Championships. Even though we didn’t win, we were still the top co-ed in the country and it was really amazing to share the experience with my friends.

Are you still in contact with any of your team mates?

Yes, some of them. We all still follow each other on social media and speak every now and then. It is nice to see everyone journeys since leaving school.

How has your experience of sport at Caterham helped after school?

Being captain of my lacrosse team really helped me to develop my leadership and team working skills from a young age. I have been able to use these throughout uni both personally and academically. It also helped to develop my passionate and competitive side which I definitely still have with me today!

What advice would you give your schoolgirl self?

Enjoy every moment that you have – you will always look back and cherish those times so make sure that you make the most out of it. You’re a fighter and you will never lose that competitive spirit; it will help you throw yourself into everything that you do!