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Today’s guest Brooke Neal should have been at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics the day we recorded this episode. She was one of the Black Sticks (New Zealand Women’s Hockey Team) most decorated players for the last decade, but due to COVID19 and the state of the world, she was able to take me up on a much more appealing offer to be a guest on this week’s podcast.
It all started for Brooke on the grass at Kensington Park in Whangarei in New Zealand. She was three years old when she first picked up a hockey stick and hasn’t put it down since!
Brooke would like to think that hockey is just one of the things that have shaped her life, along with her career and a fantastic support network. A lanky 15-year old whose nick name was ‘baby giraffe’ to having the honour of wearing the black singlet for New Zealand at the Rio 2016 Olympics, and playing over 170 games for her country. Brooke spends her spare time eating, paddle boarding, beach-ing, yoga-ing, watching home and away and spending time with friends and family.
In 2013, she graduated as a Sir Edmund Hillary Scholar from the University of Waikato with a Bachelor of Communications, and since returning from Rio, Brooke has become an Olympic Ambassador. Through visiting over 180 schools, she has found her passion for helping young girls who are in the same boat as she was at high school, to support them through such a transformational time and help them find a sense of balance. Brooke immersed herself in self-development courses, books and podcasts, completing “The Female Leader” course run by Altris in 2016, and the “Conscious Boss Bootcamp” in 2017. Brooke is excited for this next chapter of her life with her company ‘All About Balance NZ’ now that she has retired from professional sport.
Im sure everyone will take something away from today’s fun and an insightful podcast chat. To reach out to Brooke and find out more about everything she is doing, you can do so on the links below: