NELSON Ashleigh < Back  
Sport Hockey
CGA Australia   
Gender Women
Born 05 Mar 1987
Height1.66 m
Weight 60 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Perth, WA, AUS
Occupation Athlete, Occupational Therapist, Public Speaker
Languages English
Higher education Occupational Therapy - Curtin University: Perth, WA, AUS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She began playing hockey at age five in Wagin, WA, Australia.
Why this sport? Her father, aunt, brothers and cousins all played hockey.
Club / Team Western Australia Diamonds: Australia
Name of coach Jason Butcher [club], AUS; Adam Commens [national], AUS
Preferred position / style / stance / technique Forward
Handedness Right
International Debut
Year 2007
Competing for Australia
Opponent Japan
Location Adelaide, SA
General Interest
Nicknames Trash, Nelso, Captain Flash, Ash (hockey.org.au, 20 Jan 2012; olympics.com.au, 22 Dec 2011)
Memorable sporting achievement Making her Hockeyroos debut in 2007, scoring in the final at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India, and representing Australia at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (ipar.com.au, 15 Mar 2013)
Most influential person in career Her family. (hockey.org.au, 31 Oct 2010)
Hero / Idol Australian wheelchair athlete Louise Savage. (Athlete, 21 July 2009)
Injuries She needed a 12-month break from the sport in 2006 after undergoing a knee reconstruction. She returned to action in early 2007. (foxsports.com.au, 06 Jul 2007)

She tore the anterior cruciate ligament [ACL] in her knee in 2004. (hockey.org.au, 31 Oct 2010)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs She dances to music before a game. (hockey.org.au, 20 Jan 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Nothing that's worth doing comes easy. You need to be persistent and determined." (busseltonmail.com.au, 19 Oct 2011)
Awards and honours She was the leading goalscorer in the 2011 Australian Hockey League [AHL] season. (hockey.org.au, 23 Mar 2012)
Other information CAT WALKER
She entered the Miss Western Australia competition in 2011. (hockey.org.au, 01 Nov 2010)