Emily Hamilton-Smith was the 2019 recipient of the Leader Local Sports Star for the Mornington Peninsula division, making it on the front cover of the Mornington Peninsula Leader newspaper. Toorak College had a chat to Emily to learn more about her mindset, goals and ambitions.
You recently won the Leader Local Sports Star award. How did it feel to receive this award? What does the award signify?
I recently was awarded the Leader Local Sports Star for the Mornington Peninsula division. This was an exciting experience going to the MCG and meeting some of the most inspiring athletes. Being in a room with people who all had the same goals and ambitions was something truly special.
You are a highly skilled hockey player. Can you describe your latest achievements?
I do work really hard and aim to push myself and improve everyday, not just as an athlete but as a person in everyday life. I recently was awarded a full scholarship at the Victorian Institute of Sport, which is just the most amazing achievement ever for me. I have always wanted to be involved in the VIS hockey program but never would have predicted it to come at such a young age. This program is a huge amount of hard work, including full time training five days a week, long hours and lots of driving but I just love being a part of it. Being in a training environment where I am surrounded by nationally-recognised Australian athletes is a dream come true. I am so excited for all of the new challenges that will come along with this new chapter in my sporting career.
Behind every achievement is hard work and challenges. Can you explain any obstacles you have faced that you have had to overcome to reach your high points in your sports career?
I have always loved challenging myself and working hard. I believe you get out what you put in. Throughout my short journey so far, I have faced hard times but I have learnt to embrace the challenges as they are what comes with elite sport. I think we can take the challenges and turn them into a learning experience that we can use in sport but also in everyday life. Everytime I am confronted with a new challenge, I try to embrace it and use it to grow.
You are also dominating off the field too, being elected Head Girl at Toorak in 2020. Were you expecting to get Head Girl? How much did you prepare in order to feel ready for your election speech?
I’m so truly grateful and humbled to be voted in as Head Girl for 2020. Of course, I was never expecting to get Head Girl. I am so passionate about Toorak College and to have the opportunity to lead it with my close friend Ysobel O'Brien next year, along with all of the Year 12s, is honestly going to be something so special. I was very nervous before the speech but have learnt to try and turn my nerves into excitement. This allowed me to really relax up there and say what I really wanted to say to the school.
As Head Girl and an elite athlete, what will be some of your aims and goals for 2020, both at Toorak and personally?
Through my sporting career so far, I have been lucky enough to be part of many different teams and each one has been an experience I will cherish. Next year, I aim to create a culture where everyone feels accepted and part of a special community. Personally, I’m just aiming to be the best person I can be, work hard and embrace everything with an open mind. I am just so excited to see what next year brings and I hope everyone in the Toorak community feel the same.
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