STANDING head and shoulders above most of her opponents, St Anne’s captain, Julia Saulez, is easily recognisable on the turf. Her love for the game first started in Grade 1, fast-forward a handful of years and she now has full colours for both Inland team and plays golf off a 14 handicap. “I love the fact that it is a team sport and you make amazing friends while playing it,” said Julia. She is as focused in the classroom with her hard work earning her full colours for academics. The matric pupil is hoping to do a mathematical science degree at Stellenbosch next year. “Maths is by far my favourite subject. I am hoping to balance my degree with hockey next year.” Talent runs in the Saulez genes, with both of her parents being sporty. “My dad played cricket, tennis, rugby and golf at a high level and my mom played lots of sport at school, one being hockey.“I have one brother and he is currently pursuing a career in golf,” she said.“I did the highest bridge bungee jump in the world, and I would do it again in a heartbeat. I can’t wait to go sky diving. I love doing anything that gets your heart rate racing,” said the self-proclaimed adrenaline junkie. After the mid-year break, shaking off the winter blues, Julia and her team will take on the crème de la crème of teams in the upcoming Spar KZN School Girl’s Hockey Challenge. Playing in attack, the captain is hoping to lead by example. “We are hoping to make the finals. Training has been going well. We have a very united team, and love playing together.” - Supplied.