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BlackSticks Kirsten Pearce Answers Hockey Fans Questions

Posted by | 15 February 2016 | News, Uncategorized

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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!

Recruitment 4 Hockey What @edgehockeysticks do you use & why? Kirsten 

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.

sophiejayne200 Which sports person did you look up to when you were little @kirst_pearce18

My idol has always been Mandy Smith who is an ex NZ Black Stick striker.

kara.irwin What advice would you give to young hockey players and aspiring black sticks? @kirst_pearce18 Good luck for Rio

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

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.

A big Thank You to Kirsten for your help, to follow her on the road to RIO Follow @kirstenpearce18 on Twitter and on Instagram KIRST_PEARCE18 and at Edge Hockey

 

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Hockey Tours UK & Overseas with MAKING TRAX

Posted by | 9 February 2016 | News

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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 @CarlaGodsman

For more details on Hockey Tours or go to Making Trax  website follow them on Twitter @MakingTraxLtd

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Coaching kids- Safe & Fun keeps them in Sport

Posted by | 3 February 2016 | News

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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?

http://www.momsteam.com/sports/survey-says-keep-kids-in-game-having-fun-seen-as-keys-improving-youth-basketball-experience

http://blog.sportssignup.com/blog/bid/169519/How-Can-We-Keep-Kids-From-Quitting-Sports

 

Keeping it fun

https://www.clearinghouseforsport.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/558615/Keep_it_fun_-_supporting_youth_sport.pdf

http://www.parenthood.com/article/keeping_sports_fun_for_kids.html#.VrKMRbJ97IU

http://www.texasarchery.org/Documents/Writeups/TB/KeepItFun.htm

 

http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/keeping-kids-safe-in-sports
http://sport.gameday.com.au/index.php?id=327&tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=299&cHash=d8d0ff3130

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Valentines day give away !

Posted by | 1 February 2016 | News, Uncategorized

Give away

Our Team mates at Ritual Hockey have given us this special Mystery Valentine present to give away.

To be able to be in with a chance to win it you need to tell us in 15 words or less why you LOVE HOCKEY !

You can enter via our Recruitment 4 Hockey Face Book, Twitter or Instagram pages.

 

Give away

Entry opens the 1/2/2016 and closes on the 14/2/2016 12pm AEST

Rules:

-Tell us in 15 words or less why you LOVE HOCKEY  via our Recruitment 4 Hockey Face Book, Twitter or Instagram pages
-Only one prize given away.
-No refund or exchange on prize.
-Winner will be picked randomly on 14/2/2016 12pm AEST from all the entries.
-Winner will be announced after the 14/2/2016 and no later than 20/2/2016 on the Recruitment 4 Hockey website and social media pages.
-Winner to send Recruitment 4 Hockey a picture with the prize via Email or Social Media
-To be eligible you must have completed one of the social media
-This giveaway is run by Recruitment 4 Hockey Not by Ritual Hockey

 

The winner of our Valentine giveaway was Amy Trotter from ammy.lt’ thank you to all our great entries stay tuned for more!

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Want Question would you ask Black Sticks player Kirsten Pearce?

Posted by | 25 January 2016 | News, Uncategorized


Kirsten Pearce one of the new exciting players of the New Zealand Black Sticks Women’s Hockey Team and is up for answering 10 questions from our #Hockey fans 

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?


To leave your question go to our Facebook page  Recruitment 4 Hockey & post by 31/1/2016

Kirsten Pearce Follow @kirstenpearce18 on Twitter and on Instagram KIRST_PEARCE18
Stay tuned for the answers in February
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Merry Christmas & Happy Hockey New Year

Posted by | 21 December 2015 | News, Uncategorized


We would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and thank all our Hockey Community for their support during 2015. 

A warm thank you to all our teammates FIH, Hockey Australia, Hockey Belgium, England Hockey , Hockey Wales and to our hockey  suppliers who spread joy all year long with there great hockey gear. Alien Hockey, Edge Hockey, Kuka Hockey, Mercian Hockey, Ritual Hockey.

Happy Hockey New Year 2016

 Recruitment 4 Hockey Team

 

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Enjoy Our Edge Hockey Tree

 

 

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FIH team up with Recruitment 4 Hockey

Posted by | 9 December 2015 | News, Uncategorized

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It is with great joy that we announce that FIH International Hockey Federation are joining our team here at Recruitment 4 Hockey.

Matt Bartell from the Recruitment 4 Hockey team said

“It’s an honour to be able to team up with FIH in promoting hockey opportunities around the world in both on field and off field roles via their new Work in Hockey page.  We look forward to being able to support and showcase the many paid and volunteer jobs in Hockey that need help to be filled. I have been part of hockey for a long time playing and coaching in many different locations, so I really enjoy helping people fulfill their hockey dreams and being involved at all levels of the game.”

The page has five featured hockey jobs live at any one time and links to many others on the Recruitment 4 Hockey website.

For more details on having your Hockey ad on the FIH Work in Hockey page and the Recruitment 4 Hockey website please contact info@recruitment4hockey.com.

 

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Winner Winner Christmas Dinner 

Posted by | 9 December 2015 | News, Uncategorized

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Thank you to everyone for entering our Aussie Fan Alien Hockey stick give away.

The winner was from #Twitter @btwbo  know as Grahame Haley from Bathurst South’s hockey club. Want a great earlier Christmas present.

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For more Alien Hockey gear see there website

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Stay tuned for more giveaways from Recruitment 4 Hockey

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Why kids should try many different sports

Posted by | 7 December 2015 | Uncategorized

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Why Kids Should Try Many Different Sports

There is an expression: jack of all trades, master of none. This applies quite nicely to childhood sport. Many leading children’s physical activity organizations (like Active for Life and Sport for Life) recommend playing a variety of sports at a young age; and for great reasons. Trying a lot of different activities helps kids:

  • 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!
– See more at: https://www.healthyfamiliesbc.ca/home/blog/why-kids-should-try-many-different-sports?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=fr&utm_campaign=#sthash.ijM3iSk3.dpuf

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