PANCHIA Arun < Back  
Sport Hockey
CGA New Zealand   
Gender Men
Born 22 Apr 1989 in Auckland, NZL
Height1.80 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Auckland, NZL
Occupation Athlete, Coach, Manager
Languages English
Higher education Business Studies, Finance, Management - Massey University: New Zealand
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began playing hockey at age five.
Why this sport? His father Pete and mother Ramila played hockey at club level, so he grew up around the sport.
Club / Team Hauraki Mavericks: New Zealand
Name of coach Dean Couzins [club], NZL; Darren Smith [national], NZL
Preferred position / style / stance / technique Defender
International Debut
Year 2009
Competing for New Zealand
Opponent Pakistan
Tournament Sultan Azlan Shah Cup
Location Malaysia
General Interest
Nicknames Magic (blacksticksnz.co.nz, 14 Apr 2018)
Hobbies Watching sport, spending time with family and friends. (blacksticksnz.co.nz, 14 Apr 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning silver at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. (blacksticksnz.co.nz, 14 Apr 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto "I've failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed. [Michael Jordan] (blacksticksnz.co.nz, 14 Apr 2018)
Famous relatives His younger brother Jared has also represented New Zealand in hockey, and his youngest brother Daniel has represented New Zealand in hockey at junior level. The three have previously played together at domestic level in New Zealand for Southern Districts and, in 2014, for Auckland in the NHL. His younger sister Anjali also plays the sport and their father Pete and mother Ramila played hockey at club level in New Zealand. (nzherald.co.nz, 01 Dec 2012; indianexpress.com, 08 Dec 2013; hockeynz.co.nz, 17 Mar 2014; stx.com, 12 Apr 2012; nzherald.co.nz, 01 Dec 2012)