GADDUM Emily < Back  
Sport Hockey
CGA New Zealand   
Gender Women
Born 23 Dec 1985 in Palmerston North, NZL
Height1.67 m
Weight 55 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Havelock North, NZL
Occupation Athlete, Sports Administrator
Languages English
Higher education Physical Education - Massey University: Palmerston North, NZL
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She began playing hockey at age seven in Palmerston North, New Zealand.
Why this sport? She used to watch her older brothers play hockey.
Club / Team Central Mysticks: Palmerston North, NZL
Name of coach Mark Hager [national]
Coach from which country? Australia
Preferred position / style / stance / technique Defence
International Debut
Year 2004
Competing for New Zealand
Opponent Great Britain
Tournament Olympic Qualification Tournament
Location Auckland
General Interest
Nicknames Emz, Emos (hockeynz.co.nz, 14 Aug 2010)
Hobbies Tennis, golf, dancing. (olympic.org.nz, 12 Aug 2012)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning a silver medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India, and helping New Zealand reach third place in the world rankings after finishing fourth at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (hockeynz.co.nz, 27 Feb 2013; hockeynz.co.nz, 14 Jun 2011)
Most influential person in career Her parents and her teammates. (hockeynz.co.nz, 27 Feb 2013)
Hero / Idol New Zealand cyclist Sarah Ulmer, New Zealand hockey player Anna Lawrence, Swiss tennis player Roger Federer, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. (olympic.org.nz, 12 Aug 2012; Athlete, 03 Jul 2011)
Injuries A recurrent ankle injury sidelined her in early 2011. She received treatment for bone bruising. (stuff.co.nz, 23 Feb 2011)

She played an U18 series against Australia in 2003 with a broken hand. (New Zealand Hockey, 10 Feb 2004)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Don't let the best you've been set the standards for the rest of your life." (hockeynz.co.nz, 27 Feb 2013)
Awards and honours She was New Zealand Women's Player of the Year in 2009 and 2010. (olympic.org.nz, 12 Aug 2012)

In 2007 she was named Oceania Player of the Century by ABCD Hockey Magazine. (nzherald.co.nz, 04 Dec 2012)
Famous relatives Her younger sister Alice has played in the National Hockey League [NHL] in New Zealand. (nzherald.co.nz, 04 Dec 2012; stuff.co.nz, 18 Aug 2011)
Other information MOST CAPPED
In April 2014 she became the most capped New Zealand female hockey player. Her total of 239 beat the previous record set by Susie Muirhead. "I guess it's one of those things that kind of crept up on me pretty quickly. It was never a goal of mind but it was pretty neat because I played with Susie when I first made the team. She's someone I respected and she was there presenting it to me." (nzherald.co.nz, 28 Jun 2014)

EVENT ORGANISER
She was involved in organising the 2014 Festival of Hockey in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand. The festival includes hockey's Six Nations tournament. "It gives me a new appreciation of what goes on behind the scenes." (stuff.co.nz, 25 Mar 2014)

POST-OLYMPIC BREAK
She took four months away from hockey following the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Before the event started, she was unsure as to whether she wanted to continue playing international hockey, but New Zealand's strong performance at the Games convinced her to carry on. (stuff.co.nz, 23 Jan 2013)

BRIDESMAID DUTIES
She missed the 2013 World League final in Tucuman, Argentina, to be a bridesmaid at the wedding of New Zealand hockey player Stacey Carr. She was also the maid of honour at the wedding of another international teammate, Kayla Whitelock. (nzherald.co.nz, 19 Nov 2013; 28 Jun 2014)