Ashleigh Nelson

Australian Hockey Player and Motivational Speaker

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Olympic Sportsmanship or Not!

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Olympic Sportsmanship or Not!

PLAYING THE FIELD WITH HOCKEYROOS’ PLAYER AND LONDON OLYMPIAN ASHLEIGH NELSON THE REAL ISSUE OF SPORTSMANSHIP AND THE OLYMPIC IDEALS WHEN ATHLETES ARE INDIFFERENT TO REPRESENTING THEIR COUNTRY AT THE GAMES I write this piece as a previous Olympian, an athlete with minimal financial benefit from her sport, an injured athlete now unable to compete, and a former country girl longing to win an Olympic gold medal. “It should be a fight to make an Australian Olympic team and if the spot is given up so easily, then it never really meant that much in...

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Be More Than An Athlete; How to Transition to a Second Career

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Be More Than An Athlete; How to Transition to a Second Career

FORMER AUSTRALIAN TEAM HOCKEY PLAYER CONTEMPLATES HOW TO TRANSITION TO A SECOND CAREER TO BECOME MORE THAN AN ATHLETE Australian sports stars battles mental illness. It’s a headline known all to well to the public in recent times; a headline most commonly associated with Ben Cousins and Grant Hackett due to their significant profile. With this much media attention and the recent Crossing the Line Summit focusing on athlete transition, it begs the question; how can we help our athletes maintain their mental health when transitioning to life...

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Ashleigh Nelson’s “Road to Rehab”

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Ashleigh Nelson’s “Road to Rehab”

Who would have thought 100 days till Rio would be so significant? In an athlete’s mind it was a clear reminder that we had 100 days to perfect those last few skills, 100 days to finalise structures and 100 days till the team was 100% ready to take the field. The last thing that I thought it would mean was 100 days of rehab and 100 days of knowing that I wouldn’t be going to the Olympics. As magical as sport can be, it can be equally brutal, something that most athletes know all to well. Sadly as fate would have it 100 days out from the...

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Western Australian of the Year Awards 2015

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Western Australian of the Year Awards 2015

The Western Australian of the Year Awards recognise the highest level of contribution made to Western Australia by those born and bred in Western Australia, or those who have chosen to make Western Australia their home. There are seven Award categories and for each, one winner is chosen. The overall Western Australian of the Year Awards winner for 2015 is chosen from amongst the Award category winners. Sport Award proudly sponsored by Hardy Brothers Jewellers Recognises excellence in achievement, development, administration or promotion of...

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Australian Hockey League Preview 2014

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Australian Hockey League Preview 2014

Sandgropers, crow eaters, gum suckers, top enders, banana benders, apple eaters, cockroaches & round-about abouters have all taken to sunny Brisbane to fight it out in this years Australian Hockey League. With a different team taking out the tournament in the past 4 years it is set to be a competitive tournament showcasing the best players Australia has to offer both senior and up and coming. For people interested in knowing more about their team or their opposition here’s a quick summary. (Alphabetically listed) Australian Capital...

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RUOK? and the Kokoda Experience.

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RUOK? and the Kokoda Experience.

RUOK? and the Kokoda Experience.  Kokoda, it is a name that resonates and evokes a sense of pride and loss with so many Australians. Despite many not having family members involved in the Kokoda Trail campaign, it would be difficult to find someone who hasn’t contemplated what hardships faced by many young men from a range of countries in Papua New Guinea in 1942. Words can barely justify how much of a harrowing yet emotionally fulfilling experience Kokoda was for both Rachael and myself. To see just how many young lives were taken far too...

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A GOLDEN 9 SECONDS – RECAP OF THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES

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A GOLDEN 9 SECONDS – RECAP OF THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES

This wasn’t how it was meant to be. 2 minutes remaining and England persist in defending their circle and overhearing the ball over our press resulting in a lack of attack. We are 1 nil down and after a highly successful tournament letting in only 1 goal prior to the final it hardly seemed fair to lose the final. I still remember looking at the clock and seeing 2 minutes remaining, coming to the conclusion that I had to prepare myself that we had lost the Gold Medal despite such dominance in the tournament. What a kick in the gut that would...

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Finals time

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Finals time

A 9-0 win v home side Scotland and follow up 3-0 victory against England has cemented a spot for us to be in contention for the Commonwealth gold medal match. Although we can continue to progress and make many improvements in certain areas of our game, it has been a clinical performance thus far. With 25 goals for and 0 against, it is a start that we are happy to take. Drag flicking specialist Jodie Kenny  has been much more reliable than a sundial at midnight putting away almost half of the teams goals. It is a great reward for Jodie who has...

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A Queenie Photobomb Kinda Day.

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A Queenie Photobomb Kinda Day.

Apparently there was a hockey game on today. I was there and witnessed the Australian Women’s Hockey Team win their 1st game of the Commonwealth Games 4-0 vs Malaysia. Although we take our matches very seriously, sometimes life presents abundant opportunities. Today it was who could get the best selfie with non-other than our very lovely Queen Elizabeth more affectionately known as Queenie. I was fortunate enough to get in early with a candid shot of our marked lady on her way into the stadium. I had unfortunately missed the first game due to...

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Hockeyroos Bound into Rabobank Hockey World Cup Final

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Hockeyroos Bound into Rabobank Hockey World Cup Final

The World Cup is a very complicated tournament – six games, seven if you make it to the final – and maybe if you lose one game you’re out, even if you’re the best.      – Pele- It only seemed fitting to quote soccer great Pele with the arrival of the Soccer World Cup. But before Australia focuses on what’s happening in the soccer, it is important to realise that Australia has the opportunity to take out a Hockey World Cup with the Hockeyroos progressing through to the final. It has been a hard slog with all six game being difficult to win. It...

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