Pure Athlete: Sian Fremaux (hockey)


by Marewa Kraak January 23, 2015

After debuting for New Zealand in 2012, Black Sticks striker Sian Fremaux is back in Christchurch to relax and prepare for an exciting year ahead.  She updates us on their busy 2014 playing season and her personal goals to continue her international hockey career. What were your sporting highlights in 2014? There has been many competitions from international, national and regional scattered throughout the winter season, so that's kept me super busy!  But getting to train and play at the American Olympic training centre in San Diego was a real highlight last year. The facilities were outstanding. Another highlight was receiving the award for top goal scorer and the New Zealand National hockey league. What have been your biggest challenges in the past 6 months? How have you dealt with those? One of the biggest challenges for me has been adjusting to small set backs here and there. Though they aren't the best moments in anyone's career, I have seen them as great learning curves and motivators. If anything I am more focussed on what I would like to achieve in the coming year. What events do you have coming up in 2015, and what are your goals for each of those? This year has lots of opportunities coming up! Two events I am most looking forward to is competing in the New Zealand National Hockey league again for the 7th time, as well as having the opportunity to potentially pursue a contract to play over in Europe. My goals for 2015 are to grow experience and develop not as just a hockey player, but also as an athlete. During last year's off season, at the end of the year, I was very lucky to have the time to make some physical gains, such as increasing my base fitness level.  The summer also allows a bit of time to pursue some things outside of my sport, such as tramping the Milford Sound. Sian Fremaux Who is your sporting idol, and why? Michael Jordan would definitely have to be one of my sporting idols. This is because he was always the hardest working person in the room and lead by example. The dedication, attitude and commitment he showed throughout his career continues to inspire me in mine. Who or what has been the most influence on your sporting career so far, and in what ways have they influenced you? My family and my friends have definitely been the biggest influences on my career. My family have always been my number one supporters, from following me all around the world to always being there through the ups and downs no matter what. They are a huge part of the success I have had. My friends have also been a big influence, from training with me, going for runs and understanding that sometimes I can't make some of the important events. All those people have helped me out in one way or another and helped shape the athlete and person I have become. How do you deal with those days when you just don’t feel like training, or if an event hasn't gone as well as planned? When I have days where I don't feel like training I have to really remind myself of my goals and the bigger picture, I also like to recruit someone into training with me! Especially if it's an individual session, it's always great to have someone with you and pushing you almost that little bit harder on days like that. If an event hasn't gone too well I like to reflect and talk to someone about what has happened or my thoughts on the subject. This just helps me clear my head and after that its easy to move on and refocus.


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