Charlotte Harrison

Charlotte Harrison (born 31 July 1989) is a New Zealand field hockey player. She has competed for the New Zealand women's national field hockey team (the Black Sticks Women), including for the team at the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics and at the 2006 and 2010 Commonwealth Games, and as a reserve for the team at the 2008 Summer Olympics.[1][5][6]

Charlotte Harrison
Personal information
Born (1989-07-31) 31 July 1989 (age 30)
Palmerston North, New Zealand
Height 1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)[1]
Weight 55 kg (121 lb)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current club Southern Districts Hockey Club
(Papatoetoe, Auckland)[2]
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Northland
National team
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005– New Zealand 177 (46)
Last updated on: 26 April 2013 (national)[3][4]

Harrison was first selected for the Black Sticks Women in October 2005 on the back of her performance for Northland in the National Hockey League that year. At the time, she was 16 years old, making her the youngest ever player selected for the Black Sticks Women.[7][8] She played her first match for the Black Sticks on 31 October 2005, against Australia in Pakuranga, Auckland, as part of the 2005 Oceania Cup and World Cup qualifier.[7]

Born in Palmerston North to Steve[8] and Zanna Harrison,[9] Charlotte spent most of her early life living in Whangarei. She is of Māori descent, and affiliates to the Ngāpuhi iwi.[10] She has two younger sisters: Samantha, who joined Charlotte playing for the Black Sticks Women in 2009, and Anita.[1][11] Despite Charlotte being two years older and three centimetres (1 in) shorter than her sister Samantha, once the two competed together for the Black Sticks, their similarities in appearance became apparent and were often mistaken for each other by commentators and match officials.[11][12] This was partially alleviated by Samantha dyeing her hair brown in mid-2010,[12] but within a year reverted to her natural blonde colour.

Harrison attended Whangarei Girls' High School,[7][8][13] before later studying beauty therapy at the Auckland University of Technology.[1] As of August 2012, she resides on Auckland's North Shore where she is employed as a beautician.[5]

At club level, Harrison is a member of the Southern Districts Hockey Club, based in Papatoetoe, Auckland.[14] In the National Hockey League, she is a member of the Northland women's team.[5][11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Charlotte Harrison - London 2012 Olympics". Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  2. ^ Lee, Julian (14 July 2012). "Olympics: Hockey club churning out stars". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 24 August 2012.
  3. ^ "New Zealand Hockey Representatives - Women" (PDF). Hockey New Zealand. 26 April 2013. Retrieved 4 May 2013.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "New Zealand Goal Scorers - Women" (PDF). Hockey New Zealand. 26 April 2013. Retrieved 4 May 2013.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ a b c "Charlotte Harrison - Profile". Hockey New Zealand. Archived from the original on 6 June 2012. Retrieved 29 May 2012.
  6. ^ "Charlotte Harrison Bio, Stats, and Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  7. ^ a b c "Black Sticks name youngest ever player". International Hockey Federation. 18 October 2005. Retrieved 17 August 2012.
  8. ^ a b c Thorley, Peter (18 October 2005). "The youngest ever Black Stick ..." The Northern Advocate. Archived from the original on 24 February 2013. Retrieved 20 August 2012.
  9. ^ "2011 Sport yearender - New Zealand sport - Page 19". Fairfax Media (via Stuff.co.nz). 28 November 2011. Retrieved 22 August 2012.
  10. ^ "43 Māori athletes to head to Rio Olympics". Te Karere. 5 August 2016. Retrieved 6 August 2016.
  11. ^ a b c "You can just call us Harrisons". The Dominion Post (via Stuff.co.nz). 12 August 2011. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
  12. ^ a b "Harrison sisters key to Black Sticks hopes". 3 News. 6 August 2010. Archived from the original on 22 February 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
  13. ^ Eves, Tim (18 August 2006). "SCHOOL HOCKEY - Schools nail two national finals". The Northern Advocate. Retrieved 17 August 2012.
  14. ^ Lee, Julian (14 July 2012). "Olympics: Hockey club churning out stars". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 24 August 2012.