Bright Young Thing: Sports Star Marina Barwick
PUBLISHED: 12:45 06 September 2011 | UPDATED: 19:56 20 February 2013
13-year-old Marina Barwick from Canterbury on her ambitions to represent England in hockey or cricket (or both), her interest in engineering and her school's farm
Tell us about yourself
My name is Marina Barwick and Im 13 years old. I live in Canterbury with my Mum and Dad and my two sisters, Eva and Carla. Eva is two years older than me and Carla is three years younger. I am a pupil at Kent College, Canterbury.
What are you doing now?
I am just finishing Year 8 at Kent College. I have been a pupil at Kent College for the past eight years. Ive started there in the Junior School in Year 1 and its been a great school for me ever since. I was awarded an Academic and Sports Scholarship for Kent College Senior School in 2009.
I really enjoy my school as there are so many opportunities in all areas, sports, music and the Kent College Farm.
What are your ambitions for the future?
I would really like to represent England in either hockey or cricket, or maybe even both. The next step, of course, is to get to regional level and then well see. I really hope that I will get there as I think it would be such an honour to represent ones country in a sporting event.
However, I also want to keep up my studies and achieve a good set of GCSEs which will give me many opportunities for my future career. I dont really know what sort of career I want to get into, but Im quite keen on engineering, or something else which involves maths and science. These are definitely my favourite subjects at school.
Whats the best thing about living in Kent?
Well, where can I start. Kent is a wonderful place to grow up in. I love walking into Canterbury with my friends at the weekend, with all the great shops, but I also love playing cricket in a lovely village somewhere in the countryside. In the summer, sometimes we go to the beach as a family or we go on a cycle ride. Thats when I or my two sisters are not playing sport somewhere. I really enjoy the sea and we are very lucky living so close to some nice beaches.
What are your hobbies and interests?
Any form of sport. Im mad on sports, but my main sports are probably hockey and cricket. I also enjoy playing netball, tennis, cycling and in the winter skiing. Im probably not the best musician, but I like playing the piano and Ive just passed my Grade 4 guitar exam. I also like animals and when I have time I go to the farm at my school where I can look after them. I went to the Kent County Show showing off some pigs with some of my school friends from KC Farm.
Apart from that, I enjoy science. I always like to find out how things work and how they fit together. Thats probably whats got me interested in engineering.
What was the last book you read?
The last book I read is The Wind Singer by William Nicholson. It is very exciting to read and I can highly recommend it.