It’s hard enough getting to the top in one sport, but Development Squad member Amy Robinson makes it look easy with success in two sports.
A 2014 Youth Olympian in athletics, Midlands player Robinson is well known around the New Zealand athletics and hockey circles after a stunning run of success in both recently.
In her specialist event, the 400m hurdles, Robinson has set a number of New Zealand records and finished second at the New Zealand Open Nationals in Dunedin last year.
Robinson has found combining athletics and hockey a challenge, but one she enjoys.
“It was a bit harder this year – I did all the squad games with the Black Sticks and tried to run after – so my athletics wasn’t as good as last year. Even with this I was still happy with how my season went in athletics.”
Robinson was a member of the Junior World Cup qualifiers squad in January, and this has given her a taste for what is needed for success later this year.
“I really enjoyed the tournament – I have never played the Australians before. We played some of the European countries last year in Europe. I thought we were pretty similar, it was a shame to lose, but doing so well in the warm-up games we have to work on taking that through to the tournament games.”
With 2015 being a fairly heavy year with athletics, 2016 is shaping up as a big year hockey wise for Robinson. She will be pushing for selection in the New Zealand Under 21 side for the Junior World Cup in Chile later this year. She knows she can’t rest on her laurels if she wants to make the team.
“I need to keep improving on everything I am doing, not stop once I have achieved. Also need to keep improving my fitness scores – the YoYo test is definitely not my favourite!”
With two wins from two so far in the competition (Robinson was interviewed before their Round 3 game against North Harbour) the Midlands U21 women are shaping as true title contenders. Not that they are getting ahead of themselves.
“Great to start with two wins, but we want to keep building with Harbour and Canterbury first up – they will be our two hardest games but you can’t take anyone lightly. Individually I felt I did ok – pretty consistent, but I want to get some more goals."
A noted goal scorer, Robinson must surely be trying to get past her teammate (and captain) Megan Hull in the top goal scorers stakes after being dubbed the ‘scoreless striker’ after drawing a blank at last year’s tournament.
“I’m not too worried – it’s a way better performance for me this year, I didn’t score any goals last year. I guess I have to just get a few sneaky touches at PCs.”
There was a Robinson on the scoresheet for Midlands today, but it was Tori not Amy (no relation) who scored but could not prevent Midlands going down to Harbour, albeit in a shoot-out after scores were tied 2-2 at fulltime.
In the other games, Southern defeated Capital 4-2 and Auckland secured a 4-0 win over Canterbury.
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