Nicola White - Determination Each Flames ambassador’s story is brought to life with ideas to engage pupils with, Olympic and Paralympic values and other classroom based tasks. Through these value based ambassador stories, pupils will learn that the Flames ambassadors not only achieved great success through exceptional athletic ability but also through character and disposition. Nicola’s Profile Date of Birth: 20.01.1988 Place of Birth: Oldham, Manchester Sport: Hockey Highest Achievement: Silver medal, 2012 Champions Trophy Something you may not know about Nicola: Nicola is currently studying for a Sport Science degree at Loughborough College, whilst training and competing for England and Great Britain! Nicola’s Story Nicola began playing hockey at the age of 7 at school and then for local junior clubs. Her ambition to play competitive hockey was evident from an early age when she was already starting to play for secondary clubs ahead of her years. Nicola’s talent and commitment to the game continued throughout her time at secondary school where she went onto play for Greater Manchester age groups and the North of England at regional tournaments. Nicola made the move to join Slough Hockey club in Berkshire where she regularly made the team for the Ladies 1st XI and quickly became one of their top goal scorers “I started training with the seniors and I always wanted to play, that was always the dream.” Nicola was selected for the England U21’s in 2007 for the friendly 4 nations tournament in Spain but her first taste of Olympic glory came in 2009 where Nicola featured as part of the GB Under 21 squad competing in the Australian Youth Olympic Festival winning gold "a dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work" Since then her playing career has gone from strength to strength; winning the World Cup, Commonwealth, European and Champions Trophy Bronze medals in the space of 3 years “It has been a funny journey but a really good one and one that I don't intend on stopping anytime soon." To date Nicola has over 50 combined caps for England and Great Britain and has been selected for every major tournament since her senior squad debut. As you may expect, Nicola holds high ambitions for her playing future and for this year’s Olympics “I think we are definitely capable of improving and I think we have to as we have the ultimate aim of London 2012 in mind and we have to set building blocks at the moment." Classroom Activities Task 1 Each of the Olympic and Paralympic values has several associated qualities. Ask pupils to list all of the personal qualities demonstrated by Nicola through the story. In small groups ask each one to write a definition of each of the qualities they have come up with. Ask each group in turn to feedback and discuss each definition, including any alternatives or changes. Task 2 Now pupils can recognise the value(s) and have an idea of what it/they mean, you can explore their experiences and attitudes towards it/them in more detail. Ask pupils to think of a time when they have had to work or try really hard for something that they have been determined to achieve. Ask them to think of and write down any barriers they have had to overcome and ask them to reflect about how they did this? In pairs, ask pupils to discuss their example and record what they think they learnt about themselves/co-operating with others as part of the experience. Feedback as a group and ask individuals to create a personal profile for their partner describing when and how they have shown determination.