CHAMBERLAIN Dirkie < Back  
Sport Hockey
CGA South Africa   
Gender Women
Born 03 Nov 1986 in Pretoria, SAF
Height1.68 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Antwerp, BEL
Occupation Athlete, Director
Languages Afrikaans, English
Higher education Sports Science - University of Pretoria: South Africa
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She began playing hockey at age 14 in high school.
Why this sport? "It looked like fun and all my friends did it."
Club / Team Western Province [RSA] / Royal Antwerp Hockey Club [BEL]:
Name of coach Robin van Ginkel [national], RSA
Training Regime She does three technical and tactical sessions, plus three gym sessions and two running sessions a week.
Preferred position / style / stance / technique Forward
International Debut
Year 2006
Competing for South Africa
General Interest
Nicknames Washa, DC (Athlete, 06 Oct 2010; SAW Hockey Instagram page, 10 Jun 2019)
Hobbies Travelling, going for coffee, spending time with friends. (SAW Hockey Instagram page, 10 Jun 2019)
Most influential person in career Her mother. (SAW Hockey Instagram page, 10 Jun 2019)
Hero / Idol Argentinian hockey player Luciana Aymar, Swiss tennis player Roger Federer, South African rugby union player Bryan Habana. (, 13 Mar 2012;, 13 Apr 2018)
Injuries She had tendinitis in her shins in 2011. (Athlete, 24 Jul 2014)

She suffered ankle cartilage damage in 2008. (Athlete, 24 Jul 2014)

She injured her quadriceps and ankle in 2007. (, 11 Feb 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Train at your hardest even when nobody is watching." (Athlete, 24 Jul 2014)
Ambitions To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, (Facebook page, 23 Jan 2020)