Sarah Thomas

Sarah Thomas

Sarah is best known for her Bronze medal-winning performance at the London 2012 Olympic Games. In the play-off she scored twice to help secure a 3-1 victory over New Zealand, which resulted in the first British women’s hockey Olympic medal in 20 years.

During her hockey career Sarah represented Wales at every level, including as Captain. She first represented Great Britain in 2003 and went on to amass over 100 caps.

Her first International Coach, Margaret Medlow, who had also played for Great Britain, was a source of inspiration; along with Sarah’s parents who supported her and believed in her every step of the way.

Now Sarah also enjoys encouraging others whenever she can.

“Inspiring change to me means having a positive effect, even if it is only with a single individual,” she explained. “If I can get one person to pick up a hockey stick, to start playing sport, or to believe in their ability to be the best they can be, then I feel like I have achieved something very positive.”

Sarah, who was a Sports Scholar whilst at Exeter, retired from hockey following the Olympics. She now works as a Technical Sales Executive for a company producing a muscle recovery device for elite athletes. One of her proudest professional moments occurred when she was playing hockey full-time for Rotterdam HC in Holland. At the same time she also established a successful personal training company, Fitness 18.

Sarah’s advice to others is to follow your dreams and work as hard as possible to make them come true - “always believe in yourself and your ability,” she said.

Two things bring her particular joy: “Making other people happy and some chocolate at the end of the day.”