SABLOWSKI Casey < Back  
Sport Hockey
CGA Australia   
Gender Women
Born 19 Mar 1989 in Shellharbour, AUS
Height1.70 m
Weight 62 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Husband Scott
Other names Casey Eastham
Residence Perth, WA, AUS
Occupation Athlete
Languages English
Higher education Education - Murdoch University: Perth, WA, AUS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She first played hockey at age five in Albion Park, NSW, Australia.
Why this sport? Her whole family played the sport.
Club / Team NSW Arrows: Australia
Name of coach Katrina Powell [club], AUS; Adam Commens [national], AUS
Preferred position / style / stance / technique Defender, Midfielder
Handedness Right
International Debut
Year 2006
Competing for Australia
Tournament International Tournament
Location United States
General Interest
Nicknames Case (hockey.org.au, 04 Nov 2011)
Hobbies Shopping, watching films. (Facebook page, 08 Mar 2013)
Most influential person in career Her family, particularly her mum, friends and coaches. (caseyeastham.com, 26 Jun 2013; rio2016.olympics.com.au, 01 Jan 2016)
Hero / Idol Australian surfer Layne Beachley. (Athlete, 03 Jul 2011)
Injuries In early 2016 she injured her ribs, then in July her left cheekbone and eye socket were fractured when a ball struck her in the face during a training session. She was told that the injury did not require urgent surgery. She sustained a similar injury in the lead-up to the 2012 Olympic Games in London, but recovered to take her place in Australia's London 2012 squad. (sunshinecoastdaily.com.au, 06 Jun 2013; Instagram profile, 05 Jul 2016; illawarramercury.com.au, 06 Jul 2016)

She missed the 2015 edition of the AHL because of a knee injury. In the 2006 AHL she tore the anterior cruciate ligament [ACL] in her knee. (heraldsun.com.au, 04 Mar 2012; hockey.org.au, 15 Sep 2015)

She injured her hamstring in early 2013. (sunshinecoastdaily.com.au, 06 Jun 2013)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs She always puts her left shin guard on first. (rio2016.olympics.com.au, 01 Jan 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto "It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get back up that counts." (rio2016.olympics.com.au, 01 Jan 2016)
Awards and honours She was named Player of the Tournament for the 2014 edition of the AHL. (hockey.org.au, 15 Jul 2016)

She received Hockey Australia's Player of the Year award in 2012. (caseyeastham.com, 26 Jun 2013)

She was named International Hockey Federation [FIH] Young Player of the Year in 2009, and also made the FIH All-Star team in 2009 and 2010. (hockey.org.au, 04 Nov 2011)
Famous relatives Her cousin Ryan Gregson has competed in athletics for Australia. He competed at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, and also qualified for Rio 2016. She is also a distant relative of Australia cricket legend Don Bradman on her mother's side. (olympics.org.au, 17 Aug 2010; illawarramercury.com.au, 06 Jul 2016)
Ambitions To compete at three Olympic Games, win a gold medal at Rio 2016, and start a family. (dailytelegraph.com.au, 02 Apr 2016)
Other information RETIREMENT
She has indicated her intention to step back from international hockey after Rio 2016 in order to start a family with her husband Scott. "The only thing I am sure about is that my husband and I want to start a family, so that's going to be the priority after Rio. For me it will be just taking a back step from hockey and allowing him to pursue his career. He's teaching, so it just depends on where he's working and I'll be the supportive wife for him." (dailytelegraph.com.au, 02 Apr 2016)

BREATHING PROBLEM
She has suffered from a recurring breathing problem during her career that doctors have been unable to diagnose. She had to work with a speech therapist in order to improve the problem. "Every time I tried to get air in it was like trying to go through a needle hole." (heraldsun.com.au, 04 Mar 2012)

SYDNEY 2000
She watched Australia play during the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, and had the chance to meet some of the players. "Mum told me to get their autographs, but I was too shy. I eventually went and did it, and it was probably one of the highlights of my younger years. This is why it is so surreal and strange now to have kids coming up to me doing the same thing." (heraldsun.com.au, 04 Mar 2012)