Harriet ‘Hattie’ Shand is a hockey player and a recipient of a Tier 3 Scholarship within the 2021 Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship and Mentoring program.
Hattie was born in Naracoorte in rural South Australia in 2000, and began playing hockey as a nine-year-old in her hometown. She then moved from the family’s sheep farm to Adelaide to board at Scotch College and to and pursue her sporting dreams.
Hattie represented South Australia every year from U/12 to U/21 level, and in 2019 was a member of the Premier League winning team. She also played for Adelaide Fire in the inaugural Hockey One League and was named Rising Star by Hockey South Australia.
Such strong performances earned her a call up for the national junior team, and she represented Australia for the first time in games against India, New Zealand and Japan. She then stepped up to the next level when she was invited to train with the illustrious Hockeyroos at the National Senior Squad Camp in 2020, alongside some of the world’s best players.
Hattie was chosen as Co-Vice Captain for the U/21 national team, the Jillaroos, in 2020, and is determined to one day play for the Hockeyroos in senior international competitions. She also busies herself with coaching and work on the family farm when back in Naracoorte, and is studying for a Bachelor of Animal Science at the University of Adelaide.
“Being a successful Scholarship Recipient means that I can continue to balance University study, inspire others and play the sport I love. I feel honoured to be recognised amongst other elite athletes from all around the country representing many different sports. With this assistance it means I can further develop as a hockey player and as a person, on and off the field. Being supported financially, eases the load around working part-time to fund aspects of my sport. The Hall of Fame Members inspire me to be the best I can be on and off the pitch.” – Hattie Shand on being selected as a 2021 Tier 2 Scholarship Holder.
Awards, Honours & Achievements
- 2018 – 2020: Junior Australian representative
- 2018 – 2019: National Junior Squad selection
- 2019: Rising Star award for Hockey SA
- 2019: Inaugural Hockey One League – Represented Adelaide Fire
- 2019: Premiership League winner
- 2018 – 2019: Clubs best and fairest
- 2020: Under 21 Jillaroos, Co-Vice Captain
- 2020: National Senior Squad Camp selection (Hockeyroos)
- 2020: Invitation to train with the Hockeyroos
- 2021: Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship Holder – Tier 3