From our last news update Want Question would you ask Black Sticks player Kirsten Pearce?
Kirsten has taken, time out of her busy training day to answer some question from you the Hockey fans. The answers are helpful & fun so enjoy the read. At the bottom is a small bio on Kirsten.
Amauri Amat Which shoe do you always put on first and do you have any other pre-match rituals?
Before every match I always put everything on my right side before my left and alternate (i.e. right inner, left inner, right sock, left sock etc..). I have a couple of pre-match rituals I guess you could say, those being listening to some tunes whilst I walk onto the pitch and a couple of other little things that when you watch me play I do every time before a match.. one has something to do with my hair and the other is something I do before I head out for anthems on the field.
Louise Guest What moment are you most proud of in your hockey career?
There are definitely a few that come to mind but I would have to say every chance I get to step out onto the pitch and represent New Zealand as well as knowing that perseverance and hard work got me to where I am today.
Mollie Kavanagh What’s your favourite drill when training?
Anything that involves shooting at the goal!
Jeni Gale Do you miss living in Australia?
There are definitely some aspects of living in Australia that I miss with the most prominent being my family and friends, however, I have been extremely lucky with the amount of support I have received from my family friends over here, the staff at Hockey NZ as well as the Black Sticks girls, all of which has made my transition over to New Zealand a lot easier!
My hockey stick of choice is the Pink Diamond (just in case it isn’t obvious enough already) and I switch up from time to time by using both the light and medium weighted 36.5”. For me, it really just comes down to the feel of it when I’m playing and I guess using a hockey stick that is my favourite colour is an added bonus.
tristankearns16 In your opinion, what’s the best place in the world to play a hockey match? Are there any specific fans you remember and why?
Such a great question and I think after I get a bit more experience with playing at different venues around the world then I will be able to answer it. However, I have to say that when we have headed to smaller towns in New Zealand we have some amazing fans who are always happy to have a bit of a chat, grab some signatures and a picture with us.
edgehockeysticks How is the Olympic preparation going? What’s in store for the Black Stick’s in the road to Rio?
Olympic preparations are going great! We have been back into Full-Time training for the past few weeks and are about to go on our first tour of the year to Argentina from the 21st February – 4 March. Although our Olympic squad hasn’t been announced just yet we are continuing to build on from our performances last year with some hard training sessions including pitch, gym, conditioning along with some yoga and a bunch of team building activities on our road to Rio. We also have a number of tournaments before Rio so if you’re keen on where we will be playing check out www.hockeynz.co.nz for more details and follow us on instagram @nzblacksticks and on Facebook.
My idol has always been Mandy Smith who is an ex NZ Black Stick striker.
Trust in the belief that you have in yourself, don’t be afraid to ask for help, surround yourself with people who can make a positive influence on you, control the controllables and do more than the bare minimum because if it was easy then everyone would be doing it.
Morganblamey What’s the single most important attribute you feel allows you to be a goal scorer
I think it definitely comes down to a few things but mainly not overthinking things and using your instinct.
Kirsten Pearce, New Zealand Black Sticks #18
Kirsten was born in South Africa, and, with her family then lived in both New Zealand & Australia. She started playing hockey at the age of 7 in New Zealand, representing North Harbour prior to moving to Australia with her family. In Australia, Kirsten began playing in the Junior competition and progressed her way through the ranks at Club, State and National level. She has been a part of State and National squads including being a NSWIS scholarship holder and NSW AHL (Australian Hockey League) Arrows team member. Kirsten was selected into the Australian under 21’s hockey squad. In addition to outdoor hockey, Kirsten was also chosen as an Australian Indoor Women’s World Cup squad member. In January 2015 she was given the opportunity to attend a Super Camp in Auckland with the NZ National Team and was selected into the NZ Black Sticks 2015 squad. Kirsten debuted for the Black Sticks in February 2015 against Canada. She has now accumulated 33 caps for the Black Sticks and we envisage many more to come.
HOW MY MAKING TRAX SPORTS TOUR CHANGED MY PERSEPCTIVE ON SPORT, CULTURE AND TRAVEL
‘Being a school girl from Glasgow, hockey was something I grew up with. During our first term of school last year we were offered the opportunity to go on a sports tour to Italy. I had heard great things about previous tours from other squad members so it was pretty exciting.
The day finally came for us to travel after waiting and preparing for close to a year. We arrived in Italy and got the bus to our hotel where we would eat and sleep before the start of our 4-‐day tournament. At first it was quite strange playing against a team that spoke a different language and played a different style of hockey, it wasn’t something that we were used to. We won our first match and shared some pasta and a cup of hot chocolate with our opposition. Italians, I would learn love their pasta, in fact we were offered a bowl of pasta as a starter and with every meal. Just as well we all love pasta!
Day two was our 2nd match against the tournament favourites. they scored a late goal to tie the game 2-‐2 which meant that we would have to win our 3rd match to secure our place in the final. The top two teams were to play each other for the trophy and based on the way the other teams were doing that was going to be enough to get us there. Our frustrating draw was soon forgotten after spending the rest of the day in Venice taking boat trips, sight-‐seeing, shopping and eating ice-‐cream.
Every morning started with early warm up sessions, we had to eat the right meals and stay hydrated as we weren’t really used to playing in the heat. We won our 3rd match 4-‐0, made even more special by the fact that the boys, who were on rugby tour with us, came to watch us play. We had made it to the final on my first trip away, the team were so excited. Our afternoon treat was Gardaland, one of Italy’s biggest theme parks. I think I rode Italy’s biggest the roller coaster about 50 times.
It was finals day! The first half ended 0-‐0 and we were lucky not to have conceded a goal early on. After a stern team talk from our coach we decided that we weren’t going home without the trophy! We played much better second half and I got the winning goal. We had done it, we had won our first trophy in a different country!
A hockey tour was something I had never done before, but it is something that I will never ever forget. We trained like proper athletes, played against different teams, learned to play in a different environment, made new friends that we would never have met had we not gone on tour. I can honestly say that as a team we bonded really well being away together, hockey tour broadened my horizons and opened my eyes in terms of travel, sport and culture. I have since taken an opportunity to play hockey abroad whilst earning a university degree. Carla Godsman, The High School of Glasgow (18) following on Twitter @
With coaching there are many things to be aware of, we are looking at 3 areas.
How Can We Keep Kids From Quitting Sports? , Keeping it fun, Keeping Kids Safe in Sports
We found some great links to use and update your skills and knowledge. All the best when you are out coaching. If you have any tips and ideas please feel free to share on our social media pages.
How Can We Keep Kids From Quitting Sports?
Keeping it fun
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If you could ask Kirsten Pearce 1 question what would it be?
To get the ball rolling, I would ask: What Edge Hockey stick do you use & why?
Stay tuned for the answers in February
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Happy Hockey New Year 2016
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Why Kids Should Try Many Different Sports
- learn to play fairly and have team spirit
- find movements and actions they enjoy doing (this is called intrinsic motivation)
- get used to moving around in various environments like arenas, grass fields, gymnasiums
- learn how to manage risk, think strategically, and problem solve
- develop their fundamental movement skills, which are the basic sport building blocks. Fundamental movement skills include fine motor skills (small movements like picking up a ball) and gross motor skills (bigger movements like jumping). Growing these skills lead to physical literacy which helps kids feel more confident and competent in their ability to play
- minimize injuries from repetitive movements caused by overusing the same muscles or joints (by playing a single sport)
- avoid getting burnt out on doing the same activity
Canada’s Physical Activity Guidelines recommend at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day for children. Trying out many kinds of sports and activities is a fun way to achieve this. Here’s how you can encourage your children:
- make a range of sporting equipment (like soccer balls, bicycle, hockey nets) available to them
- support all activities that they show interest in (vs. the ones that you like or prefer)
- encourage them to try out various school and after-school sports and activities
- allow time for unstructured play. That is, let kids play and have their own experiences. This is how they find out what games and movements they like best
Worried your child will miss out on specializing one sport? Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky played baseball, lacrosse, and tennis as a child, while soccer superstar Christine Sinclair played basketball and baseball. Both of these world class athletes didn’t specialize early on and went on to have great sporting careers.
If you have questions on kids’ sports, give the Physical Activity Line a shout (1-877-725-1149). We work with all ages!
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