Ashleigh Nelson (field hockey)

Ashleigh Jayne Nelson (born 5 March 1987 in Narrogin[1]) is an Australian hockey player, a striker for the Australia women's national field hockey team.

Ashleigh Nelson
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Personal information
Born (1987-03-05) 5 March 1987 (age 33)
Narrogin, Western Australia, Australia
Height 1.66 m (5 ft 5 in)
Playing position Forward
National team
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–present Australia 205 (69)
Last updated on: 8 December 2016

Nelson made her international debut in 2007 against Japan and by the end of her career she had played 205 games for Australia, scoring 69 international goals. She has played in many international tournaments, including the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, where she secured a field goal from lying on the ground as well as a penalty flick. Australia defeated New Zealand for the gold medal in penalty flicks 4–2 after drawing with them 2–2 after 15 minutes of extra time.[2] She also played in the World Cup in Argentina in 2010 and the Champion's Trophy in Sydney in 2009 where she scored her first goal against China.[3] Nelson was sponsored by Grays and wore the number 8 for the Hockeyroos.

Nelson announced her retirement from international hockey on 14 July 2017[4]. Nelson indicated her decision was due to the challenges of rehabilitation from a knee injury which ruled her out of contention for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games[5].

When not playing for Australia she wears the number 14 for the Smokefree WA Diamonds. She has been part of a very exciting period for the Diamonds, debuting in 2006 and winning 4 out of 5 AHL finals. She was voted best on ground in the 2010 final against Queensland and was the highest goal scorer in 2010 for both the AHL and Australian Hockeyroos. She was part of the 2012 Summer Olympic squad and the gold medal winning squad at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.[6]

After retiring from international hockey in 2017, Nelson moved into a media career including as a commentator for the coverage of the Australian Hockey League finals in 2017.

Nelson grew up in Wagin, in rural Western Australia, where she began playing hockey at the age of 5.[6] She attended boarding school at Santa Maria College for her high school years and was honoured with the title of Head Girl of the college in 2004. She graduated from Curtin University 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Ashleigh Nelson". Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Murray signs off with golden gift". The Age. 14 October 2010. Retrieved 17 October 2010.
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  4. ^ "Hockeyroos Ash Nelson Announces Retirement". WiSP. Retrieved 14 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Ash Nelson ruled out of Rio Games". Hockey Australia. Retrieved 14 October 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Glasgow 2014 - Ashleigh Nelson Profile". Retrieved 31 July 2016.

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