HAMS Andrea < Back  
Sport Athletics, Weightlifting
CGA New Zealand   
Gender Women
Born 13 Mar 1982 in Auckland, NZL
Height1.69 m
Weight 68 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Gold Coast, QLD, AUS
Higher education Sports Physiology - Otago University School of Physiotherapy: Dunedin, NZL
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She began the sport at age three after following her older brother to a local club in Pakuranga, New Zealand.
Why this sport? "I tried hurdles for the first time as a 12-year-old at an interprovincial competition because I needed a fourth event for the points system. I started to train properly for hurdles when I was 14 and became a specialist when I was 18."
Name of coach Sharon Hannan
Training Regime "I do about 10 sessions of training per week - two circuits or weights and seven track sessions made up of hurdles, sprint repetitions and start training. Most sessions are two hours and the rest of the time is for physiotherapy, treatment, rest and recovery. "
General Interest
Hero / Idol Australian long jumper Bronwyn Thompson (nzherald.co.nz, 05 Jul 2009)
Injuries During her preparations for the 2009/10 season in New Zealand a 25kg metal dumbbell rolled off a one metre box on the top of her right foot. Fortunately her foot was not fractured but the bruising put an end to racing in the Christchurch International Meeting and the NZ Championships. (athletics.org.nz, 28 Jul 2010)

In 2009 she had medial plateau and medial femoral condyle bone bruising from a compression and rotation injury coming off a hurdle. It did not settle in the predicted eight weeks and needed four months to recover fully. (nzherlad.co.nz, 05 Jul 2009)

For three years she suffered from a back problem and received intensive physiotherapy and acupuncture sessions to help restore her movement and ease the discomfort she was feeling. During this time she did not compete at any events. (universitysport.org.nz, 13 Jul 2009)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs "Pre-race I always shake my left leg before placing it into the blocks but not my right." (nzherald.co.nz, 05 Jul 2009)
Ambitions A top 10 finish at the 2011 World Championships and to make the final at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (nzherald.co.nz, 05 Jul 2009)
Other information She won a bronze medal at the World Universiade in 2009. (New Zealand Commonwealth Games Guides, 2010)