Tuesday 3 June 2014
Meet Basingstoke Bisons and Solent student Stuart Mogg
Here, we catch up with Applied Sport Science student Stuart Mogg, an ice hockey player for the Basingstoke Bisons
Tell us a bit more about your background and how you got into sport:
When I was 7, I went to watch my local team in Basingstoke and fell in love with the sport and then went to trial to join the junior club, after a couple of months of skating and learning how to play hockey I made the under 10’s team at Basingstoke and it has just been progressing since then.
In December 2013, you were selected to play with Team GB Ice Hockey at Trentino. How did the competition go?
The University games were an amazing experience, we were not expected to win or to achieve a lot, which inevitably we didn’t do losing all of our games, however with our team we did exceed our expectations massively, including only an 8-0 loss to a very highly skilled Russia team and giving the Japanese team a good run for their money in a 7-2 loss. We may not have won but the trip itself was incredible and I can’t thank Solent Uni enough for helping me to get there!
Tell us about your awards and trophies:
This season in Basingstoke, we won the English Premier League (EPL) Cup, which is basically a competition that goes on throughout the season, kind of like the FA Cup in football except there are no games across leagues, winning that was huge as it was the first silverware Basingstoke had won in 14 years.
Then we won the EPL playoffs at the end of the season, this is another mini tournament where the quarter finals are determined by your league position so 1st will play 8th, 2nd plays 7th etc. After qualifying and winning the semis we made it to the final which we won lifting our second piece of silverware.
Also, at our end of season awards, I won our teams most improved player, this was a great honour as I have come a long way over the past few years when I was told that I was unlikely to achieve anything in the sport.
Finally representing Solent Uni at the University national finals where I won my third piece of silverware of the year. Easily beating every team at the tournament, we were crowned champions in the final with a victory over Edinburgh University.
What sporting achievement(s) are you most proud of?
I’d say my most proud moment in sport was representing GB Uni at the world university games this year.
Why did you choose to be part of the High Performance Academy (HPA)?
I saw it as a great opportunity to increase every aspect of my game and to try and get even further in ice hockey. I saw the huge amount of benefits that I could get and it just seemed like a perfect opportunity.
How has the HPA team helped you progress and helped you to stay competitive at the highest level?
The HPA has helped me massively, it’s easy to tell as my ice time throughout the year has increased and comments from my coach have been increasingly positive and hopefully will continue.
What is a typical training session/training day?
It does vary a lot, I train on the ice on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and I try to get in the gym on most days, depending on deadlines and other work that needs to be done.
It’s hard to even pin down a single particular training day as they vary a lot, our coach has a lot of drills/exercises that can change at any training session, but we also have Fridays in which we normally work on game tactics so they are fresh in our heads for the games on Saturday and Sunday.
How do you rate the level of ice hockey in Britain?
Ice Hockey in Britain could be so, so much better. If you look at the Olympics and see Slovenia who have such a limited population compared to us but managed to qualify and make progress, it shows that Britain still has such a long way to come in hockey.
Are you confident that Team GB will come back in the Division 1A in the near future?
If GB can progress younger players and train them enough so that they are up to the best standard possible then I don’t see there being anything holding GB back.
Do you have the opportunity to train with the best in the world? (e.g. Swedes, Finns, Canadian, North American…)
At Basingstoke, we have 4 Import players (non-British) Two Canadian, One Slovakian and One Czech, all who have played hockey to a high level. To play with those of an even higher level, I will need to progress my skills further to play in the league above me now.
What are the toughest challenges you are facing?
During the season I would say time. I have to do a lot of training but I also want to make sure that I get a good qualification as well; I feel if I want to go to a different league, I would struggle to find the time to fit in my studies. But at this moment in time I am happy where I am and I still feel I have a lot of progressing to do at the level I’m playing at.
Do you have any upcoming competitions?
As for this season I am now done for the summer so it will just be a lot of gym work and dieting to get where I want to before the start of next season.
Who is your favourite athlete?
My favourite athlete is someone most people wouldn’t have heard of, Sergei Fedorov was a player that I went and watched when I was younger on a trip to Anaheim, California. As one of the best players of his time, I was just inspired to become the best hockey player I can be.
What are your hobbies and interests?
My hobbies don’t really span much further than hockey as it’s what I spend a lot of my time doing, but I don’t mind watching football or any sport really.
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