Natalie Seymour - Olympic hockey player hopeful
PUBLISHED: 16:38 19 February 2010 | UPDATED: 16:44 20 February 2013
Hockey star Natalie Seymour on her Olympic dreams, studying to be a health psychologist and being blonde but definitely not dumb
Tell us about yourself
I'm Natalie Seymour, 23, and I guess I am a big family person - I love spending time in coffee shops, chatting away to friends, my mum and my sisters. I am a natural blonde, but try to avoid the dumb moments too often! I am probably a bit of a perfectionist, much as I hate to admit it, and I am determined and motivated to succeed. I am one of those crazy people who loves to train hard.
What are you doing now?
I am currently part of the Great Britain woman's training squad, which has embarked on a new centralised training programme leading into 2012. We train together from Monday to Wednesday every week at Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre. It is a very exciting time to be involved. I am also studying for an Msc in Health Psychology at London Metropolitan University. It keeps me busy and my mind active, which is really important to me. It is good to have a balance between my sport and career aspirations.
What are your future ambitions?
This year, there are international commitments for the England Women's Team at the Champions Trophy, the World Cup and the Commonwealth Games. I would like to continue to train hard and be in a position to be selected for these major tournaments. I have goals, but I try to focus on the day-to-day training and the things I can control.
Long term, I am so excited about the possibility of playing at an Olympic Games in my home country. This is a goal that feels a long way off and I believe that I am very lucky to be involved at a time where we are all being given so many opportunities as a result. I would love to represent Great Britain in London.
Whats best about living in Kent?
The best thing about living in Kent is that my friends and family are close and that it has given me so many opportunities to develop. I would not be where I am now if it wasn't for all the support I have had from the schools I attended, Boughton Monchelsea Primary and Maidstone Girls Grammar School. I have also enjoyed a wide range of sports at varying levels across the county, all of which have been organised by fantastic people and a great place to meet friends. My hockey development is down to the excellent coaching and support I have received from Maidstone Hockey club when I was younger and at Canterbury Hockey Club where I currently play my hockey. I also attended University of Kent, which provided me with the support network to combine my studying and hockey commitments.
Your hobbies and interests?
Studying and learning is a great passion of mine and I am pursuing a career in psychology. I am currently completing a Masters and hope to go on to do a PHD. I love reading and cooking, but also love to be with friends and family socialising and relaxing. I am the kind of person whose interest is to keep busy!