CHILD Simon < Back  
Sport Hockey
CGA New Zealand   
Gender Men
Born 16 Apr 1988 in Auckland, NZL
Height1.86 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Wife Kush Glauser
Residence Auckland, NZL
Occupation Athlete, Coach, Sales
Languages English, Portuguese
Higher education Marketing, Sport Management - Massey University: New Zealand
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He took up hockey at age four.
Why this sport? "I started playing in my older brother's team when I was four years old. Mum and dad both played hockey at the elite level so I don't think I had a choice."
Club / Team Hauraki Mavericks: New Zealand
Name of coach Dean Couzins [club], NZL; Darren Smith [national], NZL
Preferred position / style / stance / technique Forward, Midfielder
International Debut
Year 2005
Competing for New Zealand
Opponent Malaysia
Location New Zealand
General Interest
Nicknames Sanga, Childsy (hockeynz.co.nz, 14 Aug 2010; hockey365.co.nz, 30 Jan 2016)
Hobbies Supporting English football club Tottenham Hotspur. (Instagram profile, 01 Jun 2019)
Hero / Idol US basketball player Michael Jordan, Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar. (volkswagen.co.nz, 01 Jan 2016; hockey365.co.nz, 30 Jan 2016)
Injuries He suffered a hip injury competing in the Hockey India League in early 2017. After surgery, and over a year away from the sport, he returned to training in late 2018. He returned to club hockey in early 2019 and the national team in October 2019 for a test series in Tokyo, Japan. (nzherald.co.nz, 17 Feb 2018; tvnz.co.nz, 05 Aug 2019; rnz.co.nz, 10 Oct 2019)

He suffered a finger injury before the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and required a number of injections in order to compete. (nzherald.co.nz, 29 Jan 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto "The harder you practise, the luckier you get." (hockey365.co.nz, 30 Jan 2016)
Awards and honours He was named in the International Hockey Federation [FIH] All-Star team for 2009. (fih.ch, 23 Mar 2011)

He won the Player of the Tournament award at the 2009 Junior World Cup in Singapore and Malaysia. (ehlhockey.tv, 22 Jun 2009; sport-unleashed.com, 29 Jan 2010)

He was named Hockey New Zealand's Young Player of the Year in 2007, 2008 and 2009. (tvnz.co.nz, 29 Jan 2009; delhi-waveriders.in, 12 Aug 2012)
Famous relatives His mother Sheryl and younger brother Marcus have represented New Zealand in hockey. (tvnz.co.nz, 26 Jun 2012; hockeynz.co.nz, 17 Mar 2014)
Other information COACHING
In 2011 he co-founded Hockey365 Coaching, a business that provides training for young hockey players in New Zealand. (hockey365.co.nz, 30 Jan 2016; LinkedIn profile, 01 Jan 2020)

BREAK
He took a break from international hockey following the 2012 Champions Trophy in Melbourne, VIC, Australia, in order to refresh himself physically and mentally after having been in the national squad since 2005. He returned to international action almost a year later at the 2013 Oceania Cup in Stratford, New Zealand. (stuff.co.nz, 18 Oct 2013)