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'Terrifying' fall led to international hockey career

Katie Robertson Image copyright Abertay University
Image caption Katie Robertson fell off her horse during an event in Wales in 2010

An Abertay University athlete who survived a "terrifying" showjumping accident is preparing to compete for Scotland after switching to hockey.

Katie Robertson, from Fife, had been selected to compete for Great Britain when she was seriously injured in a fall at a show in Wales.

Aged 14 at the time, she never regained the confidence to ride competitively.

But the 20-year-old sport and psychology student is now playing hockey at full international level.

Ms Robertson, a former pupil at Kilgraston School, made the Scotland Under-18 team at 16 - just two years after her accident in 2010, which left her unconscious and with a broken shoulder and collar bone.

She said she had refused to let the fall from her horse, Atlantic Swift, put her off pursuing a career in sport.

Image copyright Abertay University
Image caption Ms Robertson (centre) is now playing at full international level

"I did ride a couple of times after that but I didn't have the confidence to really go for it," she said.

"I took up hockey because I wanted something to fill up my time and it has just gone on from there.

"We are training just now for World League 3 in Brussels in June and if we reach the quarter-final stages then we qualify for the World Cup in London next year."

The third-year student is on Abertay's elite athlete development programme and is completing her course part-time to allow additional training time for both club and country.

After graduating, the Grove Menzieshill player hopes to stay in sport both as a competitor and a coach.

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