5 Questions With . . . Brianna Curtis (16), of Wanaka, and Jack Stuart, (18), of Alexandra.
With participation numbers increasing, the future of hockey in Central Otago is looking strong, says Central Otago Hockey Association executive officer Sandra Stuart.
The News caught up with two rising stars, Brianna Curtis and Jack Stuart, who were the only two players from Central Otago at the recent Southern Under-18 tournament, Jack’s team winning a silver medal at the tournament.
Q What is the most enjoyable thing about hockey?
Brianna: people who all share the same passion and love for hockey that I do. It’s awesome to be a part of a community and be pushed to be the best you can.
Jack: Playing in a team with others who share the passion for the game that I have .. the physicality of hockey – I get out there and just get stuck in and give it my all for the entire game.
Q Who do you look up to and why?
Brianna: definitely New Zealand goalkeeper Sally Rutherford and England goalkeeper Maddie Hinch. They are both amazing goalkeepers who have worked so hard to get where they are and represent their countries and that’s what I want to be able to do, so I definitely look to them for motivation to keep learning and improving my skills.
Jack: I look up to Blair Tarrant, captain of the Black Sticks.
He plays my position and has run a couple of training camps in Cromwell where, at one of them, he gave me his current playing stick. I really idolised him after that.
Q Can you describe what your training regime usually involves?
Brianna: My training regime is usually two team trainings and two games a week with my club teams and one to two trainings for my Southern team.
Jack: I have my club practice and game each week, along with a Southern game and training each week and I also coach a Cromwell year 7 and 8 team that has a training and game each week. In my outdoor instructor’s course I am currently completing, I am physically active most days with that.
Q How does it feel to represent your region?
Brianna: I am proud to wear the Southern colours and prove to people that I am serious about hockey
Jack: Wearing the uniform fills you with pride and confidence. Knowing you have a team of skilled boys around you all wanting to win makes you want to work hard for each other.
Q What is next for you?
The season has finished for Jack this year but Brianna will be playing in the Mixed Senior Reserve A competition on August 9.