MCALEESE Shea < Back  
Sport Hockey
CGA New Zealand   
Gender Men
Born 07 Aug 1984 in Napier, NZL
Height1.77 m
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Higher education Business Management - Otago Polytechnic: Dunedin, NZL
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Injuries He has dislocated his shoulder four times and needed shoulder reconstruction surgery in 2008. (, 29 Jan 2010;, 09 Mar 2013)
Other sports He represented Hawke's Bay in cricket at junior level in New Zealand. (, 09 Dec 2012)
Hero / Idol Swiss tennis player Roger Federer, Pakistani hockey player Shahbaz Ahmed, US basketball player Michael Jordan. (, 09 Mar 2013;, 23 Mar 2016)
Sport Specific Information
Name of coach Mike Delaney [club], NZL; Darren Smith [national], NZL
Preferred position / style / stance / technique Midfielder
When and where did you begin this sport? He began playing hockey at age 10 at school in Napier, New Zealand, and focussed on the sport at age 17.
International Debut
Year 2005
Competing for New Zealand
Opponent Pakistan
Location Malaysia
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Occupation Athlete, Business Owner, Director
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Nicknames Buddha (, 23 Mar 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Worry about getting your basics right before all the flashy stuff. In the end, good basics will set you above the rest." (, 23 Mar 2016)
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Residence New Zealand
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In 2018 he took up a role as sports director at Lindisfarne College in Hastings, New Zealand. "After spending time abroad playing and coaching, I jumped at the opportunity when it became available. It was a whirlwind few years abroad and after I compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo it will be my last hurrah with the national team." (, 25 Jul 2018; LinkedIn profile, 01 Jan 2020)

In January 2016 he set up a business which he co-owns called Inside Hockey in New Zealand. The aim of the business is to show innovative drills, skills, videos for all ages, players and coaches in hockey. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Jan 2020)

He played for Braxgata Hockey Club in Antwerp, Belgium, between 2015 and 2018. Between 2012 and 2015 he played for HGC Hockey Club in The Hague, Netherlands. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Jan 2020)

He studied for a master's degree in sports science at Setanta College in Thurles, Ireland. He also studied for a master's degree in sports business management at Otago Polytechnic in Dunedin, New Zealand. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Jan 2020)
Sport Specific Information
Why this sport? He loved hockey from the moment he started playing.
General Interest
Ambitions To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (, 25 Jul 2018)
International Debut
Tournament Sultan Azlan Shah Cup
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Languages English
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Famous relatives His wife Jaimee Lovett represented New Zealand in canoe sprint at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 26 Mar 2020; Facebook profile, 24 Dec 2019)
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Family Wife Jaimee Lovett
Sport Specific Information
Club / Team Central Falcons: New Zealand