SHORT Rob < Back  
Sport Hockey
CGA Canada   
Gender Male
Born 11 Aug 1972 in Maidstone, ENG
Height1.83 m
Weight 81 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Amsterdam, NED
Occupation Business Owner
Languages English
Higher education Geography - University of Victoria: Victoria, BC, CAN
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began playing hockey at the age of 10 in Tsawwassen, British Columbia.
Why this sport? He wanted to play ice hockey but his parents were keen for him to play field hockey instead.
Club / Team HGC: Wassenaar, NED
Name of coach Paul van Ass
Coach from which country? Netherlands
Preferred position / style / stance / technique Forward
International Debut
Year 1994
Competing for Canada
Location Cuba
General Interest
Nicknames Shorty. (Athlete, 08 Sep 2000)
Hobbies Fishing, camping, poker, playing the guitar, snowboarding, watching films and listening to music. (fieldhockey.ca, 10 Jun 2008)
Memorable sporting achievement Competing at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia and winning gold medals at the 1999 and 2007 Pan American Games. (fieldhockey.ca, 10 Jun 2008)
Most influential person in career His family, because of the enjoyment they get from watching him play. (Athlete, 08 Sep 2000)
Hero / Idol David Beckham, Daniel and Henrik Sedin from the Vancouver Canucks and golfer Phil Mickelson. (fieldhockey.ca, 19 Aug 2010)
Injuries He sustained a stress fracture of his tibia [shin bone] in 2006 and needed five months away from the sport. (fieldhockey.ca, 10 Jun 2008)

He has suffered a broken hand on two occasions. (fieldhockey.ca, 10 Jun 2008)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs He likes to get off the team bus last and be the last player on the field. (Athlete, 08 Sep 2000)
Awards and honours He was the first outsider to become captain of a Dutch hockey club. (canada.com, 06 Jul 2008)
Famous relatives His brother Peter played alongside him in the Canada team before retiring. (fieldhockey.ca, 19 Aug 2010)
Ambitions To play at another Olympic Games and develop his sporting goods company. (Commonwealth Games Media Guide 2006, Team Canada Pan American Guide 2007)
Other information FROM ENGLAND TO CANADA
Born in England, his family moved to Canada when he was just one year old. (Commonwealth Games Media Guide 2006)

ENTREPRENEUR
He is a self-employed business owner of Mantis Hockey Ltd and Omatas Sports LLC, which sponsors and supplies many global hockey players. (fieldhockey.ca, 19 Aug 2010)

BOAT OWNER
He owns a boat which is docked outside his front-door on The Singel in Amsterdam. The boat is appropriately named 'Canuck' after the Vancouver Canucks. (fieldhockey.ca, 19 Aug 2010)