MICHELSEN Stacey < Back  
Sport Hockey
CGA New Zealand   
Gender Women
Born 18 Feb 1991 in Whangarei, NZL
Height1.73 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Partner Sam Webster
Residence Auckland, NZL
Occupation Athlete, Lawyer
Languages English
Higher education Commerce, Law - University of Auckland: New Zealand
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She began playing hockey at age four in Whangarei, New Zealand.
Why this sport? She got involved in hockey because her older sisters played. "As soon as I reached high school it was something I was very, very serious about. I knew if I worked hard I had the ability to make it."
Club / Team Northern Tridents: New Zealand
Name of coach Jude Menezes [club], IND; Graham Shaw [national], IRL
Preferred position / style / stance / technique Defender, Midfielder
International Debut
Year 2009
Competing for New Zealand
Opponent India
Location New Zealand
General Interest
Nicknames Pinky (hockeynz.co.nz, 15 Jun 2011)
Hero / Idol Argentinian hockey player Luciana Aymar, Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic. (olympic.org.nz, 18 Mar 2014)
Injuries She suffered multiple fractures in her right ring finger during the opening game of the 2019 Pro League against the Netherlands. She continued to play in subsequent games despite the injury. (newsroom.co.nz, 04 Feb 2019)

In June 2013 she tore a ligament in her right knee but continued to play as she was unaware. The injury eventually required surgery and she missed 11 months, returning in April 2014. (hockeynz.co.nz, 27 Feb 2014; stuff.co.nz, 17 Mar 2014)

In 2010 she suffered a disc injury in her lower back. (olympic.org.nz, 11 Aug 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Be a better teammate by setting personal goals every day." (asics.com, 08 Mar 2018)
Awards and honours In 2018 she was named Player of the Year and Women's Players' Player of the Year at the Hockey New Zealand Awards. (stuff.co.nz, 28 Apr 2018)

She was the New Zealand flag bearer at the closing ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. (odt.co.nz, 15 Apr 2018)

She was named 2015 Northland Sportswoman of the Year in New Zealand. (stuff.co.nz, 10 Dec 2015; sportnorthland.co.nz, 18 Mar 2016)

She was named Player of the Tournament of the final stage of the 2014/15 World League in Rosario, Argentina. (home.nzcity.co.nz, 14 Dec 2015)

In 2012 and 2014 she was named the University of Auckland's Sportswoman of the Year. (sportsground.co.nz, 29 Nov 2012; Auckland University HC Facebook page, 06 Oct 2014)

She was named 2011 Young Player of the Year by the International Hockey Federation [FIH]. She was the first New Zealand player to win an FIH player award. (olympic.org.nz, 11 Aug 2012; odt.co.nz, 18 Jun 2013)
Famous relatives Her partner Sam Webster has competed in track cycling at international level representing New Zealand. He won silver in the team sprint at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and gold in both the individual and team sprint at the the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. Her sister Carli has played hockey at junior international level for New Zealand, and has played in the National Hockey League in New Zealand for Northland. (nzherald.co.nz, 05 Aug 2015; hockeynz.altiusrt.com, 20 Sep 2015; stuff.co.nz, 14 Apr 2018; SportsDeskOnline, 24 Mar 2020)