Wellington Sports Woman of the Year Nominee “Anita McLaren”

Congratulations Anita on your nomination for Wellington Sports Woman of the Year!

Anita has competed for the Black Sticks since 2009 and is one of the fastest hockey players in the world, who is equally at home on the sprint track.

We caught up with Anita to discuss her sporting highlights, aspirations, challenges and rewards.

What has been your biggest sporting highlight in the last year?

Being on the Olympic stage in front of those huge crowds while representing New Zealand was a very special sporting highlight for me.

 As a successful female athlete, you must be aware that you are a role model for young aspiring athletes. Who has been your biggest role model in your life and sporting career?

My family growing up have shown me a lot of different aspects of life; to strive for my goals and put everything into the things I do.

I draw lots of things from different people who have had a positive influence on my life whether it is family, friends, other sporting stars or everyday people, they all have inspired me to be better.

What are your aspirations for the year to come?

I am not 100% sure on that one yet.  I am currently taking a break from hockey to rest my body and focus my efforts on a few different aspects of my life.  In saying that I am definitely not done with my sporting career, I will be back and am looking ahead to the Commonwealth Games next year. I haven’t fully decided yet, but I know that everything will fall into place.

 What does it take to be at the top of your field? For you what is the biggest sacrifice and what is the biggest reward?

Being at the top of any field takes a lot of time – which I wouldn’t say is a sacrifice when you are doing something you love – but it can be challenging having a strict diet, not always doing what you want to do and missing out on time with family and friends.  It’s all worth it though when you are up there representing your country on the world stage.  You realise all your hard work has paid off and that you are inspiring the next generation.

Lastly, a fun one; if you were an animal what animal would you be and why?

I would love to fly I enjoy going fast and then I could bypass the Auckland traffic and it would save a lot of time in the day. Plus I could get to see my family more often.

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