WHITE Nicola < Back  
Sport Hockey
CGA England   
Gender Women
Born 20 Jan 1988 in Oldham, ENG
Height1.72 m
Weight 65 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Bisham, ENG
Occupation Athlete
Languages English
Higher education Sport and Recreation Studies - Loughborough College: England
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She first played hockey at age seven at Oldham Hulme Grammar School in England.
Why this sport? Hockey was part of the school curriculum.
Club / Team Holcombe: England
Name of coach Kevin Johnson [club], GBR; Danny Kerry [national], GBR
Preferred position / style / stance / technique Forward
Handedness Right
International Debut
Year 2009
Competing for England
Opponent Germany
General Interest
Nicknames Scholesy [after England footballer Paul Scholes]. (englandhockey.co.uk, 26 Jan 2014)
Hobbies Tennis, shopping, playing the piano. (englandhockey.co.uk, 26 Jan 2014)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (manchestereveningnews.co.uk, 07 Jun 2012; sports-reference.com, 23 May 2016)
Hero / Idol Great Britain athlete Kelly Holmes. (Athlete, 03 Jul 2011)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs She listens to the same songs in the same order before each match. (englandhockey.co.uk, 26 Jan 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto "A dream does not become reality through magic. It takes sweat, determination and hard work." (englandhockey.co.uk, 26 Jan 2014)
Other information SWITCH
Before her hockey career took off, she contemplated switching from the sport to athletics in order to fulfil her ambition of competing at an Olympic Games. She enjoyed competing in hurdles, and considered competing in heptathlon. Her talent was recognised by her club's hockey coach however, and she received a trial for Great Britain which convinced her to stay with hockey. "If I hadn't got in that year, I might not have carried on. It was real borderline stuff and that's why I thought about going into athletics." (manchestereveningnews.co.uk, 07 Jun 2012)