Posted on May 12, 2020
As part of our #clubpledge with Scottish Hockey, we profiled men's 1XI alumni Kevin Wong, asking him about all things health and well being, university experiences, and of course, hockey. Here's what he had to say...
Hi I’m Kevin, I studied medicine at St. Andrews for three years and then moved to Edinburgh University for the clinical half of the course. I am one of many new junior doctors across the country who have graduated early and started work as part of government measures to help reduce the strain on the NHS during this pandemic. During my time at St. Andrews hockey club I played for the men's 1XI for three years, captaining the team in my final year. There is little place for club loyalty when your degree involves moving universities and I’ve played for Edinburgh University men's 1XI for the last three years.
How are you staying mentally and physically healthy whilst social distancing?
Normally staying healthy had been a side effect of playing hockey 5 times a week so during lockdown I’ve taken up running.
How are you staying engaged with the community whilst social distancing?
Video chats with friends and family have been key
From your own experience, what is a key message you’d like to get across to the public to help health workers tackle covid-19?
I think it’s important that we don’t get complacent at this stage and that we continue to abide by the latest government guidance without getting tempted to make exceptions.
What is your favourite memory of St. Andrews University?
Not an individual memory because they all blend into one, but I enjoyed the many fantastic social events at St Andrews almost every week.
What is your biggest sporting achievement?
Winning the Home Nations tournament with the Scottish Universities team or winning the BUCS trophy with Edinburgh (sorry).
What was it like completing your degree at two different universities?
I was a bit apprehensive about this at first but actually it gave me a unique opportunity to experience two great universities and meet a lot of new people.
What was the best part of the St. Andrews Hockey Club for you?
Cringey but the best part was the sense of community. Despite being such a big club, we all knew each other. I think weekly socials and mixed hockey really helped with this.
What advice would you give to prospective students and students still in the club/ at the University?
Make the most of your time in St Andrews, it is possible to make time for your studies, hockey and socialising. Being busy can actually make you more efficient with your time.
Like Kevin said, there is little place for club loyalty when you study at two different universities, but once a Saint, always a Saint! Thank you Kevin, we are incredibly grateful for the work you and many other junior doctors are doing right now to keep us safe.