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Susan Wessels is a senior deputy head at Framlingham College in Suffolk.

 

She played for the South African women’s hockey team at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and the Athens Olympics in 2004 Olympics, where I also captained the team.

 

What school did you go to?

 

St Michael’s School, Bloemfontein, South Africa

 

What’s your earliest sporting memory?

 

My earliest sporting memory is playing garden cricket from a very young age with my father and my brothers.

 

Who were your sporting heroes growing up?

 

My father was my sporting hero growing up. He was a very talented sportsman himself but was always on the side of the field supporting me.

 

What was your best sporting memories of school?

 

My best sporting memories of school are all the fantastic opportunities that I got to play a wide variety of sports. I was always doing something that I loved.

 

What was your best and worst sporting memories of school?

 

My worst sporting memory from school was being injured for six weeks in year 11 in the middle of the hockey season. It drove me crazy.

 

Can you recall a memorable sporting teacher?

 

Absolutely. Mrs Marietta Lotter, my school hockey coach was instrumental in my development as a hockey player and a person.

 

What sports do you play these days?

 

I play mostly golf off a handicap of eight and tennis and did play hockey last season for Harleston Magpies 1st XI. Sadly, due to work commitments, I am not able to continue playing.

 

In what other ways do you stay healthy?

 

I love being active and really enjoying running as a form of relaxation and a way to really clear the mind or else really mull over your thoughts.

 

What is your favourite sporting memory?

 

Without a doubt the opening ceremony at the Sydney Olympics.

 

What’s been your most embarrassing sporting moment?

 

Getting bowled first ball in the staff versus pupils cricket match.  

 

What’s your biggest sporting bugbear?

 

Cheats and sore losers

 

When was the last time you cried at a sporting event?

 

I cried while singing my national anthem in my final match at the Athens Olympics. Actually I used to cry most times while singing the national anthem before an international match.

 

Which three sports people would you like to have around for dinner and why?

 

Eddie Jones because I would love to discuss his coaching philosophy with him and also ask him how he felt after Japan beat South Africa at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Kate Richardson-Walsh for what Kate has done not just for hockey but for women in sport in this country is remarkable. We could share some memories of playing against each other. Finally Roger Federer. He has achieved so much in his career but he also seems extremely down to earth and I think he would be good company round a dinner table.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MY SPORTING LIFE