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