Down under with Team GB

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SELKIRK hockey star Sarah Robertson, pictured, has broken her silence on her Great Britain call-up, writes Kenny Paterson.

The 19-year-old Edinburgh University law student found out she had been picked for the Team GB under-20 squad for the Australian Youth Olympic Festival last month – but was ordered to keep quiet about her selection until it was officially announced last week.

Robertson told The Wee Paper: “I’m chuffed to bits. I attended trials earlier in the year and it was then announced internally that I had made the squad.

“But I had to keep it quiet for two weeks until the official announcement was made.

“It was difficult as I had to arrange time off with the university, but ask them not to say anything about it. It was a big relief to finally be able to tell all my friends and family.”

Robertson jets off to Sydney with the Team GB team – one of only two Scots to make the final squad – on January 3, which means a Christmas pudding-free festive period for the Scotland striker.

She added: “I am away to Spain next week for a training camp and then I have two weeks at home with friends and family.

“But I have a pretty brutal training session for Boxing Day which I cannot avoid so it will be a quiet Christmas Day.”

Team GB will tackle hosts Australia first up in the round-robin tournament that also includes China and USA, with venues from the Sydney Olympics of 2000 being used.

And Robertson hopes her British debut could be the first step towards featuring in the Olympics.

She added: “I have been down to GB training in England a couple of times already, but it is definitely a good sign that I am involved in this squad.

“I have seen the festival advertised on Facebook and seems like it is going to get a lot of coverage.

“Australia will be tough in our first game, and it will be really hot as it is the middle of their summer, but I can’t wait to get out there.”

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