Wednesday, February 21, 2024

‘It’s easy to be tunnel visioned in sport – we’re made to think about next step in life’

Our columnist on Emma Mitchell, who has worked with England and GB Hockey for almost two decades, and had her work recognised in the Support Staff category at the UK Sport PLx Awards

When I was 17, Emma Mitchell kind of adopted me. As a lifestyle advisor she has seen me come through school to someone nearing their thirties. I’ve gone through major changes in life as well as education and she has been beside me to hopefully see that growth.

We are made to think about the next step in life early on. That’s where Emma is so good. She challenges you to think about it and she is very keen on dual aspirations, the #More2Me campaign, always thinking that you aren’t just the hockey player — that it’s not your sole identity — and of course the dark realisation you won’t be able to play hockey forever.

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