Further Personal Information
||The Hague, NED
||Athlete, Coach, Student
||Business Management, Nutrition - Newlands College: Wellington, NZL
Sport Specific Information
|When and where did you begin this sport?
||He began playing hockey at age five.
|Why this sport?
||His father encouraged him to try the sport.
|Club / Team
|Name of coach
||Jan Jorn van 't Land [club], NED; Colin Batch [national], AUS
||He trains for up to 20 hours per week, which includes gym work, running and stretching.
|Preferred position / style / stance / technique
||Sultan Azlan Shah Cup
||Boner, Phil (hockeynz.co.nz, 16 Aug 2010; Facebook profile, 12 Mar 2014)
||Watching all sports, fishing, supporting the Canterbury Bulldogs rugby league team, the Hurricanes rugby union team and English football team Manchester United. (hockeynz.co.nz, 29 Jan 2010; Twitter profile, 18 Mar 2014)
|Memorable sporting achievement
||Making his debut for New Zealand, finishing as top scorer at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, and winning a silver medal at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England. (hockeynz.co.nz, 13 Jun 2013)
|Most influential person in career
||His father Trevor, and New Zealand hockey player Kevin Towns. (hockeynz.co.nz, 13 Jun 2013)
|Hero / Idol
||United States of America basketball player Michael Jordan, India cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, and rugby league player Hazem El Masri. (mazonhockey.com, 22 Mar 2011; stuff.co.nz, 22 Jun 2012; hockeynz.co.nz, 13 Jun 2013)
||He missed the 2006 Sultan Azlan Shah Tournament in Malaysia with a groin strain. (NZ Hockey, 18 Jul 2006)
He suffered a compound fracture of his hand at the qualifying tournament for the 2006 World Cup in Monchengladbach, Germany. (NZ Hockey, 18 Jul 2006)
While competing at the Oceania Cup in Fiji in late 2005, it was discovered he had a blood clot in his arm. Specialists removed one of his ribs that had been pressing on a vein running into his arm. He was out of action for two months. (Dominion Post, 29 Jan 2010)
|Sporting philosophy / motto
||"Pain heals, chicks dig scars, glory lasts for ever." (hockeynz.co.nz, 13 Jun 2013)
|Awards and honours
||He was named as New Zealand's Player of the Year for 2003. (asics.co.nz, 22 Mar 2006)
||He played junior representative cricket for Wellington in New Zealand. (indianexpress.com, 29 Jan 2010)
||To represent New Zealand at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and pursue a career in the health and nutrition industry. (stuff.co.nz, 31 May 2013; LinkedIn profile, 22 Mar 2016)
He has studied IT at the Wellington Institute of Technology, sports management at the Otago Polytechnic in New Zealand, and health and nutrition coaching, and holistic health at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. (LinkedIn profile, 22 Mar 2016)
In June 2013 he became the first player to play 300 matches for New Zealand. He was also the first New Zealand player to score 150 international goals. (hockeynz.co.nz, 18 Jun 2013; LinkedIn profile, 22 Mar 2016)