Further Personal Information
||Perth, WA, AUS
||Sports Science - University of Sydney: Sydney, NSW, AUS
Sport Specific Information
|When and where did you begin this sport?
||She first played hockey in 1993 in Parramatta, Sydney, when she was 10.
|Why this sport?
||Her mother made her play.
|Club / Team
||Baulkham Hills Parramatta: Sydney, NSW, AUS
|Name of coach
|Coach from which country?
|Coach from what year?
||Skills training 3-4 days a week, weights 1-2 days a week, running 1-2 days a week and one game.
|Preferred position / style / stance / technique
||'Fi.J'. (Hockey Australia, 17 Aug 2010)
||Watching films, eating, spending time with friends and church. (Athlete, 31 Jul 2009)
|Memorable sporting achievement
||Winning the Australian National Championship in 1999 and making the Olympic team in 2008. (Athlete, 31 Jul 2009)
|Most influential person in career
||Australian hockey player Loretta Dorman. (Athlete, 31 Jul 2009)
|Hero / Idol
||Her mother. (Hockey Australia, 14 Nov 2007)
||Suffered a torn hamstring in a trial match against Argentina one week before the 2008 Olympic Games and missed playing in the tournament. (Athlete, 31 Jul 2009)
She broke her arm in primary school while doing the hokey-pokey. (Parramatta Sun, 24 Jun 2008)
|Sporting philosophy / motto
||"Enjoy your hockey and you'll play better."
"Work hard, train hard and enjoy yourself." (Athlete, 31 Jul 2009)
|Awards and honours
||She was named the Player of the Final in the 2009 Australian Hockey League championship match against Queensland. (Hockey NSW, 03 Aug 2009)
||To win a gold medal at the Olympic Games and to compete in marathons. (Hockey Australia, 14 Nov 2007)
She has an umpiring badge and assists her association by umpiring local matches and helping to develop junior players. (Parramatta City Council, 03 Feb 2006)
BREAK FROM HOCKEY
Johnson thought about retiring from the sport after tearing her hamstring in a practice match against Argentina on the eve of the Beijing Olympics. "It was a very challenging time. Terrible timing. It was a very hard thing to deal with." Soon after the Games, she backpacked through East Africa and Israel. "I was trying to make a decision about my career and I was upset. For three months, there was no talk about hockey. It was good to get away from it all and take some time. Hockey - it was hardly even mentioned and that was great." (Sydney Morning Herald, 09 Jul 2009)