FLYNN Gemma < Back  
Sport Hockey
CGA New Zealand   
Gender Women
Born 02 May 1990 in Tauranga, NZL
Height1.68 m
Weight 60 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Auckland, NZL
Occupation Athlete, Coach, Director, Fitness Instructor
Languages English
Higher education Exercise Science, Sport Studies - Massey University: New Zealand
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She began playing hockey at age five. As a teenager she quit hockey for two years to play football, then returned to the sport at age 15.
Why this sport? She followed her mother in to the sport.
Club / Team Midlands: Hamilton, NZL
Name of coach Lincoln Churchill [club], NZL; Mark Hager [national], AUS
Training Regime A typical session starts with a one-hour weights circuit, followed by a 30-minute high intensity interval running session, then an ice bath and hockey skills.
Preferred position / style / stance / technique Forward, Midfielder
International Debut
Year 2008
Competing for New Zealand
Opponent Korea
Location Auckland, NZL
General Interest
Nicknames Gem (hockeynz.co.nz, 06 Oct 2013)
Hobbies Spending time with family and friends, travelling, water sports. (ritualhockey.com, 2013)
Memorable sporting achievement Making her debut for New Zealand. (hockeynz.co.nz, 06 Oct 2013)
Most influential person in career Her mother, and New Zealand hockey player Di Weavers. (hockeynz.co.nz, 06 Oct 2013)
Hero / Idol New Zealand rugby union player Christian Cullen, New Zealand netball player Irene van Dyk, Swiss tennis player Roger Federer. (hockeynz.co.nz, 06 Oct 2013)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs "My pre-game ritual always includes having a coffee, usually with some of my teammates; this helps me focus for the game. I also have a playlist I listen to on the way to the turf and once we get there we play our team song in the changing room to get everyone fired up for the game." (ritualhockey.com, 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Always try your best in training and games. Be competitive and enjoy yourself." (hockeynz.co.nz, 06 Oct 2013)
Awards and honours She was named in the International Hockey Federation's [FIH] All-Star team in 2009 and 2011. (fih.ch, 23 Dec 2011)
Other sports She represented Tauranga Girls College in the National Football Championships. (nzherald.co.nz, 01 Jul 2008)
Ambitions To compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (stuff.co.nz, 13 Jan 2016)
Other information ENGAGEMENT
In January 2016 she got engaged to former New Zealand rugby captain Richie McCaw, who led the All Blacks to victory in the 2011 and 2015 Rugby World Cup tournaments. (stuff.co.nz, 13 Jan 2016)

RUGBY WORLD CUP
In 2015 she attended the Rugby World Cup to support her partner Richie McCaw, rather than playing for New Zealand in the Oceania Cup. (stuff.co.nz, 13 Jan 2016)

DIRECTOR
She is a director at The 100% Project, a New Zealand-based company which promotes healthy and sustainable lifestyles. (100percentproject.co.nz, 22 Feb 2016; LinkedIn profile, 18 Mar 2016)