Hockey star Anna Hope
PUBLISHED: 17:42 14 February 2015 | UPDATED: 17:42 14 February 2015
Theh Sutton Valence sixth former on A-levels, playing for England Hockey, golf and chart music
Tell us about yourself
I’m Anna Baker, 17 and I live just outside Biddenden with my Mum and Dad and my sister, a former pupil at my current school, Sutton Valence.
What are you doing now?
I’m in Sixth Form at Sutton Valence School, studying for my A-levels in Geography, Religious Studies and Maths. I’m also completing a Level 3 BTEC in Leadership and Service through the CCF, where I’m a Sergeant in the Army section.
Tell us about playing hockey
I recently completed my AASE program (Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence) for hockey, which is run by England Hockey and Loughborough College.
This is the fourth season I have played for the School 1st Hockey team and I’m looking forward to another successful season with them.
I have had two great years with Premier League Canterbury Ladies’ 1st team and have just finished the first half of the outdoor season; we are now in the indoor season, having qualified for the semi-finals and hopefully the finals at Wembly.
I also recently captained England Hockey’s Saxon Tigers (the SE regional team) to victory in the Futures Cup and have just started the selection process for England Hockey U18s.
Have you won awards?
I was delighted to hear over the Christmas holiday that my nomination for the Higgins Award by the Hockey Writers Club resulted in my being voted as runner up in the U18 category. As this is a national competition with strong contenders, I’m particularly proud to have been recognised.
Your future ambitions?
In the shorter term, I hope to leave Sutton Valence with good A-levels, gain a good degree in Geography and still be playing for Canterbury’s 1st XI.
If I can combine that with being involved with England Hockey, that would be amazing. I would also like to be able to have a season abroad, in perhaps the USA, Germany or Holland.
What’s best about Kent?
I am very fortunate to have good family, friends and school teachers who have shown support and understanding, which takes the pressure off completing work, fitting in my training and socialising.
My teachers at Sutton Valence, in particular, continually ask about my progress and have recognised what was needed for me to improve and succeed.
Kent is where my school is, hockey club and friends and family are. It’s good to have this contact and support so close to my home.
Kent is where I first got into hockey, was developed and recognised; I would not have achieved this without the sport and networks based in Kent.
Any other hobbies?
With all my sport and school commitments, finding time to relax is sometimes difficult, but I like to spend time with my family and seeing my friends whenever possible.
Although my passion is hockey, I also love golf; I have a low handicap, which has helped the school golf team reach three regional finals in four years.
I enjoy all sports and have tried any sport that has been available to me at school, from cricket to girls’ rugby, so if I am not playing hockey, I am probably outside playing another sport.
Your favourite music?
Like most people my age, my favourite music to listen to is chart music, particularly pop. It is what is played before our hockey games in the changing room to help us get in the right frame of mind for the match, so I have come to like and listen to it. n