Sarah Hood



George Watson’s College, Edinburgh 1994-2000


University of Edinburgh, BSc Applied Sport Science & MSc Strength & Conditioning

Work History:

Personal Trainer at various gyms, Strength & Conditioning Coach at West of Scotland Institute of Sport


Sportscotland Institute of Sport

Current Job:

Talent Scientist

Me and my work

I help coaches and athletes to understand, observe, identify and develop talented sports people more effectively

My Typical Day

Everyday is different! I do everything from analysing data in the office, to leading education workshops, to observing training sessions.

What I'd do with the money

I’d use it do develop my knowledge by going to observe and understand ‘talent hotbeds’

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Sporty, driven and hard-working

Would you rather be a scientist or an athlete? And why?

I am both!

If you could have a body super power, what would it be and why?

Flying… because I travel so much with work and sport and it takes so long!

Which Olympic event would you most like to win? And why?

What did you want to be after you left school?

A P.E. teacher

Were you ever in trouble in at school?

All the time

What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

Changed attitude about talent

Tell us a joke.