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October 9, 2019

I’m back! Back on the international hockey scene after 17 months out of the game and back blogging.

When asked to write a piece on England’s recent EuroHockey Championships campaign, I was slightly reluctant at first. On paper, it was our worst European showing in more tha...

January 21, 2019

PB..... What does that mean to you?

For the race enthusiasts, it probably means 'personal best.'

For the American food loving individuals it may mean peanut butter.

For the science lovers and periodic table geeks, Pb refers to the element of lead. 

For me, it's all of th...

November 26, 2018

Last week was Self Care Week here in England. It sparked the creative fire inside me and I thought to myself lets write a blog.

Over the last couple of months I chose to take a little detox from blogging, which in turn spread itself into a detox across social media and mob...

October 6, 2018

Team England midfielder Shona McCallin reveals her reaction to finding out she wasn’t going to the World Cup, and what she’s learned along her journey to recovery from concussion.

What comes to mind when you hear “concussion?” A tough blow to the head? An overnight hospita...

July 11, 2018

As part of her partnership with​ St Helen’s Farm, producers of fresh and nutritious British goats’ milk products, Shona has used her goats' milk products to create a delicious overnight oats recipe.

Make a small change change in your diet and feel a big difference by tryi...

July 4, 2018

July 2016:

This is the blog I always wanted to write. It's official I'm going to my first Olympic Games!

...2 years and a few edits later

July 2018:

This is the blog I never wanted to write. It's official I'm not going to my first World Cup!

How time can change in 2 years

2016:...

July 2, 2018

A few weeks back I shared that I had teamed up with the lovely people at St Helen's Farm. The company is health conscious and driven, very much like myself, meaning it was always going to be a pretty good match.

I actually really enjoy going food shopping, not when it's bu...

June 27, 2018

Epiosde 4 of the series with BBC East Midlands Today. I talk all things nutrition and diet with the help of GB Womens Hockey nutritionist Emma Gardener.

June 19, 2018

We all enjoy delicious food.

It makes us happy and fixes our mood.

A great dish, we should all savour.

Eat slowly as we taste the flavour. 

I love food and it plays a big part in my life. I love cooking it. I love buying it. I love eating it. I often joke with a friend that o...

June 10, 2018

I caught up with Mark Shardlow from BBC East Midlands earlier this month. We discussed things all about concussion and talked about what Ive been up to since the collision.

April 1, 2018

I'm sat at home on Easter Sunday surrounded by chocolate egg wrappers, trying to digest (pardon the pun) what has happened since I found out, by phone call, that I was no longer going to go to the Commonwealth Games.

I got a lot of feedback regarding my last post (found he...

March 20, 2018

"That's not very fair telling you that you were going, then telling you that you're not." 

Those were the words of my Gran when I phoned her up to tell her that I would no longer be travelling to the Commonwealth Games. A week earlier I'd received an email confirming...

March 15, 2018

Watch the video below as I take BBC East Midlands with me to some school visits to have a chat about pressure and how to deal with it. I also chat to my Gran and reminisce about my childhood.

February 28, 2018

A doctor recently told me this, "think of your concussion as bruising of your brain which then limits it to function properly."

Before 11th February 2018, I'd never really paid much attention to concussion. Of course, through the media and being a sports mad fan I was awar...

February 6, 2018

2018 is an exciting year for Women's Hockey. We have the Commonwealth Games in April and the World Cup in July.  The BBC will be covering both events which is great news for hockey.

I've teamed up with Mark Shardlow from the BBC to create some behind the scenes documentari...

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