HOLLYWOOD Kate < Back  
Sport Hockey
CGA Australia   
Gender Women
Born 28 May 1986 in Sydney, AUS
Height1.64 m
Weight 56 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Perth, WA, AUS
Occupation Student
Languages English
Higher education Physical Education - Australian College of Physical Education: Sydney, NSW, AUS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She first played hockey when she was four at the Sutherland Hockey Club.
Why this sport? Both her parents played as well as her older brother.
Club / Team NSW Arrows: Perth, WA, AUS
Name of coach Anthony Thornton
Coach from which country? Australia
Coach from what year? 2010
Training Regime 12 hours per week.
Preferred position / style / stance / technique Midfield
Handedness Right
International Debut
Year 2005
Competing for Australia
Opponent United States
General Interest
Nicknames Holly. (Athlete, 21 Jul 2009)
Hobbies Going out with friends and family and being involved in anything that is active. (Athlete, 21 Jul 2009)
Memorable sporting achievement Being selected to the Australian national squad in 2005, going on to win a gold medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games and playing her first match at the 2008 Olympic Games. (Hockey Australia, 18 Sep 2007)
Most influential person in career Her father. (Athlete, 21 Jul 2009)
Hero / Idol Australian Thredbo land-slide survivor Stuart Diver. (Hockey Australia, 18 Sep 2007)
Injuries She suffered a broken hand that kept her off the pitch for three months. (Hockey Australia, 24 Oct 2007)

She has suffered from crippling pain in her lower legs. She first found the problem when she couldn't run because of the pain in her legs and she mistakenly self-diagnosed the problem as a severe case of shin splints. When she returned to Sydney, doctors told her it should have been impossible for her to walk because she had compartment syndrome, which occurs when the muscles grow too big for the space allocated to them in the body, a condition that can led to amputation. She recovered from surgery in 2007. (NOC, 18 Jun 2008, smh.com.au, 22 Apr 2007)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs Always put on my right shin pad before my left. (NOC, 18 Jun 2008)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Make the most of every opportunity." (Hockey Australia, 24 Oct 2007)
Famous relatives Her father played first-grade hockey with St.George. (smh.com.au, 21 Apr 2007)
Ambitions To win an gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. After her sporting career she hopes to travel the world before getting married and having children. (AIS, 24 Oct 2007, Hockey Australia, 24 Oct 2007)
Other information BOYS TEAM
When she was growing up, she was selected as the captain of the U13 Sydney Representative Boys Team. (5oceansmedia.com, 17 Aug 2010)

She said that when she was ten years old, she predicted to her brother that she would make the Hockeyroos team, inspired by a poster of the 1996 Olympic gold-medal wiining team on her bedroom wall. (smh.com.au, 22 Apr 2007)