Welcome to the latest edition of our Scholars Q&A! In this weekly feature, we speak to a selection of our Team Surrey scholars to hear about their experiences and achievements within university sport and beyond.
As the cricket season gets into full swing, we hear from Ella Wadey in this week’s Q&A…
How have things been going with you recently?
“I’ve been training throughout the winter since March. I have just started the BUCS season, which has been brilliant to get some games in for the university as well as making my debut for the Stags!”
When and where did your cricket career begin?
“I’ve always played in the garden for as long as I can remember. My dad used to play for Sussex CCC 2nd XI so cricket was in the family. I joined my first local club at 9 then made Sussex U11s Girls squad the following year!”
What are your aims in the sport moving forward?
“Short term, I hope to keep pushing for development in the University Women’s side and remain in BUCS Premier League. And long term, I hope to be playing at an elite level; the highest level I can alongside my career in sport science! “
How has the university supported you and your sporting endeavours?
“They have been fantastic with access to gym equipment and personal training, mental well-being sessions and funding which has been particularly helpful during lockdown to nab myself some weights! That seemed to be a rarity for the past year!”
What would you say to prospective students considering Surrey?
“Getting the right combination of studying a degree but still training and competing in your sport isn’t the easiest, but it’s been made so much easier with the facilities, opportunities and support Surrey offer! All staff are great, ensuring you’re getting the right balance for you, checking in and going above and beyond.”
What has been the highlight of your time at Surrey?
“Probably my first game for the university. I felt good with the bat from ball one, contributing to the team with what some people might say, an unlucky 49. This was the university cricket team’s club day which was so good to get the boys and girls together after a tough past year.”
Sporting role model? “Virat Kohli.”
Favourite meal? “Anything chinese.”
Favourite lockdown workout? “HIIT. Quick fire, high intensity full body burn!”
Favourite song for exercising/training? “Sicko Mode – Travis Scott.”
Best thing about Surrey? “SurreyMoves+ to get a free Starbucks.”