COUZINS Dean < Back  
Sport Hockey
CGA New Zealand   
Gender Men
Born 09 Jun 1981 in Christchurch, NZL
Height1.82 m
Weight 78 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Wife Julia
Residence Auckland, NZL
Occupation Bank Employee
Languages English
Higher education Exercise Science, Sports Science - University of Auckland: New Zealand
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began playing hockey at age four.
Club / Team Auckland Fury: New Zealand
Name of coach James Grant [club]; Colin Batch [national], AUS
Preferred position / style / stance / technique Defence
International Debut
Year 2001
Competing for New Zealand
Opponent Malaysia
General Interest
Nicknames Deano, Turkey (hockeynz.co.nz, 08 Mar 2013)
Hobbies Listening to music, sport, supporting English football team Liverpool. (Twitter profile, 15 Mar 2014; hockeynz.co.nz, 08 Mar 2013)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning a silver medal at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England, and competing at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. (hockeynz.co.nz, 08 Mar 2013)
Most influential person in career His family. (New Zealand Hockey, 28 Apr 2004)
Hero / Idol US golfer Tiger Woods. (hockeynz.co.nz, 08 Mar 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Do the simple things well." (hockeynz.co.nz, 08 Mar 2013)
Awards and honours He was named captain of the New Zealand men's hockey team ahead of the 2011 Champions Trophy in Auckland, New Zealand, and has continued in the role ever since. (nzherald.co.nz, 04 Sep 2013; hockeynz.co.nz, 14 Nov 2011)

He was named Hockey New Zealand's 2009 Player of the Year. (tvnz.co.nz, 29 Jan 2010)
Ambitions To continue playing for as long as he can. (nzherald.co.nz, 04 Sep 2013)
Other information ENJOYING HOCKEY
He has spoken of the positive atmosphere in the national team. "I'm enjoying the environment with Colin Batch, it's a really nice fresh and honest approach. There's a nice vibe around the team at the moment that's making it enjoyable, and for someone who's been around a while, that's nice to have." (nzherald.co.nz, 04 Sep 2013)

BOARD MEMBER
He has served on the board of the Hockey Players Association [HPA] in New Zealand. (fih.ch, 09 May 2013)