WHITELOCK Kayla < Back  
Sport Hockey
CGA New Zealand   
Gender Women
Born 30 Oct 1985 in Palmerston North, NZL
Height1.74 m
Weight 72 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Husband George, daughter Addison
Other names Kayla Sharland
Residence Palmerston North, NZL
Occupation Athlete
Languages English
Higher education Exercise Science, Sport Studies - Massey University: Palmerston North, NZL
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She began playing hockey at age seven.
Why this sport? She wanted to play netball, but she was only hockey was available at her primary school.
Club / Team HSOB Burnside: Christchurch, NZL
Name of coach Mark Hager [national], AUS
Preferred position / style / stance / technique Midfielder
International Debut
Year 2003
Competing for New Zealand
Opponent Canada
Location Palmerston North, NZL
General Interest
Nicknames Kaylapuss, K (fih.ch, 2016; hockeynz.co.nz, 02 Aug 2010)
Hobbies Watching sport, rugby, tennis. (2015.tk-hockey.com, 2015)
Most influential person in career Her friends, family, and previous coaches. (Athlete, 03 Jul 2011)
Hero / Idol Argentina hockey player Luciana Aymar, and Swiss tennis player Roger Federer. (Athlete, 03 Jul 2011; sportmanawatu.org.nz, 21 Aug 2010)
Injuries In 2011 she missed three international matches against Republic of Korea in February because of a thigh muscle injury. She then re-injured the muscle in a match against Germany in June. (stuff.co.nz, 15 Jun 2011)

She ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament [ACL] in her knee in 2006. (hockeynz.co.nz, 23 Aug 2008; nomiznz.co.nz, 29 Oct 2007; nztimes.co.uk, 29 Oct 2007)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Enjoy what you are doing. Give 100%. Do the basics well and practise, practise, practise." (tk-hockey.com, 16 Jul 2015)
Awards and honours She received the Player of the Tournament award at the Rotterdam semifinal of the 2012/13 World League in June 2013. (nzherald.co.nz, 23 Jun 2013)

In 2012 she was named Hockey New Zealand Player of the Year, and Manawatu Sportswoman of the Year. (olympic.org.nz, 12 Aug 2012; tvnz.co.nz, 27 Apr 2013)

She was named in the International Hockey Federation [FIH] All-Star team in 2010. (fih.ch, 12 Jan 2012)
Famous relatives Her husband George Whitelock has played rugby union for New Zealand, as have her brothers-in-law Sam and Luke Whitelock. (nzherald.co.nz, 08 May 2016; allblacks.com,16 Jul 2016)
Ambitions To win a medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (nzherald.co.nz, 08 May 2016)
Other information BREAK
She took a break from international hockey following the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland to give birth to her daughter Addison. After giving birth in April 2015, she returned to the New Zealand squad in January 2016. She took a similar break after the 2012 Olympic Games in London in order to focus on finishing her degree and finding a job. On that occasion, she returned to the New Zealand squad in March 2013. (stuff.co.nz, 11 Mar 2013, 07 Sep 2012; stuff.co.nz, 29 Jan 2016; nzherald.co.nz, 08 May 2016)

DISTANCE LEARNING
She had some challenges when combining international hockey with trying to study for a university degree. This included her having to sit some exams thousands of miles from home, including in Azerbaijan and the Netherlands. (massey.ac.nz, 15 May 2013)

COACHING
She has worked as an assistant coach of New Zealand National Hockey League team Central Mysticks. (olympic.org.nz, 12 Aug 2012)