Who are you?

My name is Beth Bingham and I am a Welsh hockey player and Commonwealth athlete.  I am also a first year sport and exercise science student studying at Loughborough University.

How did you get into sport?

I first got into hockey at the age of 9 after being asked along by a friend to a training session at my local club, Swansea Bay. At first I was reluctant to try this new sport, but instantly fell in love with the pace and skill of the game. Since then I have captained my club, my school and the Wales U16 and U18 hockey teams. Before heading to university I decided to take a gap year to concentrate on my training as part of the Wales senior squad.

What have you achieved?

Last year I received my first senior cap in February and was subsequently selected to compete in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in the summer. Competing in such a prestigious tournament in front of a sell out crowd was a completely new experience for myself and one that I will never forget. Post Commonwealth Games I was selected to train with the Great Britain U21 squad and was further invited to join the Great Britain development squad sessions which I attend around lectures in the weekdays.

How does psychology influence your performance?

Every hockey match is different and, depending on the opposition, the tactical approach will alter between games ,but I believe it is very important to approach each game with the same attacking mentality. This is something which I have recently been working on closely with a sport psychologist at Loughborough. Sport psychology massively influences my performance on the pitch. No matter how physically ready I am for a game if I get distracted or have other things on my mind I will not play to my full potential.