When I heard about two Fife mums who are representing Scotland at their chosen sport, I knew I wanted to hear more.
And it’s even more inspirational to learn that both ladies are fit and fabulous over 40 and made the national hockey squad alongside having busy careers and families too.
Read the story of Jennifer Callaghan and Katrina McFarlane.
Time for themselves
Jennifer Callaghan and Katrina McFarlane have played hockey for much of their adult lives.
Aside from breaks to have their sons, both returned to playing the sport they love after the age of 30 to have ‘me time’ and regain a return to fitness and a healthy lifestyle.
Now, more than 10 years on, they find themselves preparing to trial again to compete for their country at next year’s Home Nations and World Cup tournaments.
It comes after a busy summer of competition, first in the Home Nations tournament in Southgate, London and more recently at the 2019 European Hockey Masters Championships in the Netherlands after they were selected to represent Scotland in the Over 40s age group.
Commit to keep fit
To make the squad, Jen and Katrina had to commit to a fitness programme, attend extensive training sessions and be part of an 18-strong group assembled from all over Scotland.
Fife Council employees, Jen, a learning support teacher at Bell Baxter High School from Kirkcaldy and Katrina, a Communications Advisor from Anstruther were both thrilled to be selected to represent their country at the highest level.
Although Scotland lost all four of the matches they played in six days in some of the hottest temperatures ever recorded in the Netherlands, both players said the adventure was still worthwhile.
Katrina who plays her club hockey for Madras FP Ladies said: “The conditions were definitely tough, but we had trained extensively, and our fitness was good.
“We are a relatively new side who came up against teams which have played together for a number of years, and that showed. The coaching and training we had was excellent and you always learn a lot from playing at that level.”
Dunfermline Ladies midfielder, Jen said: “It is always special to represent your country and test yourself against the top players in the world. We played some of the best teams in Europe at the European Championships.
“I love the fact that once a member of Scottish Masters it feels like you are part of a family. You’re connected by the love of the sport.”
Katrina went on to say, “Everyone in the squad respects each other for being good players and for working hard to be selected for our country at the age we are. When you are over 40, you have to work harder at being fit and keeping up with the pace at Masters level. For most of us, the pace of our games and training schedule far exceeds our club hockey.”
If you’re a local business and would like to discuss sponsorship opportunities for Jen and Katrina, please contact Sally Hall on 07776 347267.
For more information on the Masters Programme and upcoming trials, go to: http://scottishwomensmastershockey.uk/