Ashleigh Nelson

Australian Hockey Player and Motivational Speaker

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As a member of the Australian women’s hockey team “The Hockeyroos" from 2007 to 2017 I have been very priveldleged to play over 200 games for my country. During that time I have been fortunate enough to experience the high and lows that come with being an elite an athlete.

You may wonder why I say fortunate to experience the lows? At the end of my career it became clear that during these times is when I learnt most about myself and shaped who I became an athlete and person.

Maintaining mental health in a competitive environment, dealing with n on-selection for the Beijing Olympics and going through two knee reconstructions - one at age 17 and a second only 100 days out from the Rio Olympics; were just a few of those grounding experiences.

Despite this adversity, I marched on and reaped the rewards of years of commitment and training, winning dual Commonwealth Games gold medals (Delhi and Glasgow), World Cup silver (Holland), dual Champions Trophy and World League silver medals while rep-resenting Australia at the 2012 London Olympics.

Since retiring from elite level sport I have managed the much maligned transition from a career in elite sport into motivational speaking and media work (Channel 9, 6IX and ABC radio) with a background in health care (Occupational Therapy). Given my experiences in my career I have also focused my efforts in promoting the suicide prevention message as an ambassador for the mental health charity group RUOK ? During this work over $75,000 has been raised by trekking the Kokoda Trail and cycling from Perth to Albany on The Ride for Wheelbeing.

Corporate, schools, mining sites, sporting tournaments - you name it I have spoken at and would love to be a part of your next event. Companies have included: Chevron, Rio Tinto, Woodside Finance, AHG motoring group and Bristow.

Presentations include (not limited to):

-Overcoming adversity & building mental resilience

-The importance of goal setting in a competitive environment

-Finding the balance - how can you be successful and happy?

-Change of mindset

-Asking RUOK? - Suicide prevention strategies and creating a healthy workplace (based on RUOK ? strategy)

-Developing leadership and teamwork

I am a firm believer in humour and enjoy creating, engaging and enjoyable presentations. So if you are looking for an engaging speaker please head to my bookings tab or email me directly at

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