Name: Tania Cassidy
Role: Lower South Island
Why you are involved in World Masters Hockey?
There are many reasons for becoming involved in the MAG. First, Masters Hockey has given me so much joy, adventure, and friendship since I became involved in 2006 that I want to be able to support its development so others can have similar experiences. Second, insights gained in my day job enables me to support the work of the Community Hockey team at NZ Hockey. Third, while I haven’t represented NZ in hockey, I have had represented Otago (including Central Otago and Southern) from primary to Masters age groups so I want to work towards establishing clear pathways so people (whatever ability) can play hockey across their lifespan.
Nickname: TCass, or T, or TC
Town You Grew Up In: Mosgiel
Where you currently live: Dunedin
Occupation: Associate Professor in Sport Pedagogy at the University of Otago (School of PE, Sport & Exercise Sciences)
Which Hockey team do you support: Any team I play in, e.g., Evergreens and NZ teams of course
Sporting High: Being the Chef de Mission of the NZ team at the Trans-Tasman Masters Hockey tournament on the Gold Coast in 2019.
Sporting Low: Dislocating my knee and rupturing my ACL in my first ever trial for a NZ Masters team.
Age you first got involved in Hockey: in primary school (maybe around 9 years of age)
Most Influential person: My mum
Hobbies: Day-dreaming about being an architect
Favourite TV Show: The Big Bang Theory
Favourite Food: Potato chips
Favourite Music: Queen