Lucy Brown, PhD Chemistry | 2 February, 2018
Fun, friends and fitness are just a few of the reasons to take the plunge, says Lucy Brown from Cambridge, England, a member of Queen’s Underwater Hockey Club
I’ve always loved swimming but I find lengths a little monotonous, so underwater hockey lets you enjoy staying fit in the pool while adding the excitement of a team sport. The idea of playing without breathing scared me a little at first but it was actually one of the easiest aspects of the sport to pick up!
How long can you hold your breath?
I’ve met some of my best friends through the sport, everywhere I’ve played people have been so welcoming – the world of underwater hockey is like a family. Everyone who tries the sport wants to do something new, isn’t afraid to try new things, and enjoys being part of a team.
When you’re underwater you’re in a completely different world, focusing on the game and all the stresses of uni life just disappear. Playing gives me a structure to my week where I can focus on my work knowing that I will be jumping in the pool in a couple of days, or heading off to a tournament. In my two years with the club, we’ve played tournaments in Ireland, England, Germany, Italy and Hungary and we’re thinking of going to Slovenia this year!
Lucy's like a real-life Little Mermaid
I would recommend the club to anyone who enjoys trying new things and challenging themselves to do something they might never have considered before! As soon as I went to my first session I fell in love with the sport – it’s the perfect way to stay fit, have fun, make friends and it’s always a unique conversation starter!
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