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Sport Hockey
CGA New Zealand   
Gender Women
Born 02 Oct 1987 in Nelson, NZL
Height1.63 m
Weight 55 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Auckland, NZL
Occupation Athlete
Languages English
Higher education Veterinary Science - Otago Polytechnic: Dunedin, NZL
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She began playing hockey in Nelson, New Zealand at age seven.
Why this sport? Her cousin played and introduced her to the sport.
Club / Team Capital: Wellington, NZL
Name of coach Kelvin Read [club], NZL; Mark Hager [national], AUS; Scott McLaren [personal], NZL
Training Regime She trains six days per week, with Sunday as a rest day.
Preferred position / style / stance / technique Midfielder
International Debut
Year 2009
Competing for New Zealand
Opponent India
Location Nelson, NZL
General Interest
Nicknames Punty (gryphon-life.com, 20 Jan 2014)
Hobbies Sport, being outdoors, animals. (gryphon-life.com, 20 Jan 2014)
Memorable sporting achievement Making her debut for New Zealand, winning the National Hockey League [NHL], and playing at the 2012 Olympic Games in hockeynz.co.nz, 27 Feb 2013; Erin Simpson Show, 11 Sep 2013)
Most influential person in career Her parents, and coaches Chris Leslie, Steve Symonds, Mark Hager. (hockeynz.co.nz, 27 Feb 2013; stuff.co.nz, 13 Jul 2015)
Hero / Idol Argentina hockey player Luciana Aymar and New Zealand hockey players Umesh Parag and Mandy Smith. (hockeynz.co.nz, 27 Feb 2013; stuff.co.nz, 13 Jul 2015)
Injuries In 2013 she suffered a rib cartilage injury and damaged her collarbone during a National Hockey League match against Midlands. (stuff.co.nz, 05 Sep 2013)

She missed a series against Australia in 2010 after a hip operation. (stuff.co.nz, 23 Aug 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Train and play hard. Success doesn't come to you, you have to go get it." (hockeynz.co.nz, 27 Feb 2013)
Awards and honours She was named in the International Hockey Federation [FIH] All-Star team in 2011. (fih.ch, 23 Dec 2011)
Other sports In 2013 she won 100m and 300m sprint races at an international athletics event in Christchurch, New Zealand. She also competed at the 2013 New Zealand National Championships. (3news.co.nz, 22 Mar 2013; fih.ch, 21 Mar 2013)
Famous relatives Her partner Scott McLaren has represented New Zealand in the decathlon. (nzherald.co.nz, 02 Feb 2013; womansday.co.nz, 05 Jun 2015)
Ambitions To compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and create a hockey legacy for herself. Outside of sport, to become a veterinary nurse. (Erin Simpson Show, 11 Sep 2013; stuff.co.nz, 13 Jul 2015)
Other information OCCUPATION
She works in sports administration for King's College, a school in Auckland, New Zealand. (kingscollege.school.nz, 13 Jul 2015)

DUAL NATIONALITY
She also has a Dutch passport as her father Nicolaas is from the Netherlands. (stuff.co.nz, 23 Aug 2010)