Personal Bio

BIO

I started playing Hockey when I was 10 and I have had the bug ever since. I am Hawke’s Bay born and proud, but over the past 5 years I have shared my time between Napier, Auckland and overseas (Belgium & Germany) due to my Hockey commitments.

I was lucky enough to experience several sports at my school William Colenso College in Napier. In doing so I excelled at Soccer, Rugby and Cricket where I was a Hawkes Bay rep until I was 17 when I finally chose Hockey as my sport of choice.

I have a Diploma in Sports Fitness I have studied several short courses at the university of Auckland's Business School and I am currently doing a Business Management Degree through Otago.  

I have the desire to become one of the 'Best Players in the World' and to continue to develop and grow as a player and to perfrom well on the World stage. 

BLACKSTICKS BIO

Shea has thrived since being handed the vice-captaincy in 2011 making significant contributions on and off the field. He is a finesse player who boasts speed and vision while his perserverance often sees him frustrate the opposition.

Despite three shoulder dislocations, Shea has become a mainstay of the Blacksticks with more than 150 caps, showing his versatility in both attacking and defensive roles.

He made his debut in 2005 and went on to impress as one of the standout players at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. 

Name:
Shea McAleese

Nickname:
Buddha

Date of Birth:
07-08-1984

Birthplace:
Napier

Town of Residence:
Napier/North Shore/Antwerp (Belgium)

Occupation:
Athlete/Student

Position:
Midfield

Shirt Number:
25

NZ Debut:
2005 vs. Pakistan at the Azlan Shah Cup

NHL Team:
Central Districts

Career High:
Winning Bronze at the 2010 Commonwealth Games

Career Low:
Dislocating my shoulder 3 times playing Hockey

Sacrifices you have made to play hockey:
Away from family, friends and relationships

Age you started playing at:
10

Hours of Training per week:
15 - 20

Toughest Opponent:
Australia

Who has been most influential in your career:
My Dad

Strengths:
Vision, speed, aggression, always wanting to be better

Most Admired Sportsperson:
Roger Federer (Tennis) Shabaz (Hockey)

Hobbies Outside of Hockey:
All sports, music, movies, relaxing with family

5 Words to Describe Yourself:
Relaxed, Confident, Strong Character, Happy

Favourite TV Show:
Dexter, Game of Thrones, Son's of Anarchy, Entourage

Favourite Food:
Thai

Favourite Music:
Easy Listening (John Mayer)

Favourite Book:
Dan Brown Series

Dislikes:
Tall Poppy Syndrome

Advice for Young Players:
Worry about getting your basics right before all the flashy stuff. In the end, good basics will set you above the rest!

 

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