BALL Ashleigh < Back  
Sport Hockey
CGA England   
Gender Women
Born 25 Mar 1986 in Brighton, ENG
Height1.80 m
Weight 70 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence London, ENG
Occupation Athlete
Languages English
Higher education Medical Biology - Leeds University: England
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She took up hockey at age 10.
Why this sport? Her best friend played hockey and introduced her to the sport.
Club / Team Slough: England
Name of coach Danny Kerry [national], GBR
Preferred position / style / stance / technique Midfielder
Handedness Right
International Debut
Year 2008
Competing for England
Opponent Germany
Location Germany
General Interest
Nicknames Leona (Athlete, 07 Aug 2009)
Hobbies Cooking. (greatbritainhockey.co.uk, 14 Jun 2014)
Hero / Idol Great Britain heptathlete Denise Lewis. (greatbritainhockey.co.uk, 14 Jun 2014)
Injuries During England's final match of the tournament, against Belgium, at the 2014 World Cup in The Hague, Netherlands, she injured both the anterior cruciate [ACL] and medial collateral [MCL] ligaments in her left knee. The injury required a full reconstruction, and during her rehabilitation, she sustained a stress fracture. In total she missed 11 months through injury. (express.co.uk, 23 Jun 2014; gloucestershireecho.co.uk, 25 Aug 2015; sloughobserver.co.uk, 19 Nov 2015)

She broke a bone in her left hand four minutes into her England indoor debut against Scotland in December 2007. Nine months later, she broke the same bone on her outdoor debut for England against Germany. (Athlete, 07 Aug 2009)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs "If I straighten my hair for a game we will lose." (greatbritainhockey.co.uk, 14 Jun 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Big results require big ambitions." (greatbritainhockey.co.uk, 14 Jun 2014
Other information BREAK
Following the 2012 Olympic Games in London she took a break from the sport, and returned in 2013. (maidenhead-advertiser.co.uk, 18 Nov 2013)

MASTERS
She has a master's degree in nutrition from King's College in London, England. (greatbritainhockey.co.uk, 14 Jun 2014)