Harriet ‘Hattie’ Shand has been a successful recipient of a Tier 3 Scholarship within the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship & Mentoring Program.
Hattie is a country girl at heart, growing up on a sheep farm in the South East of South Australia, before moving to Adelaide to pursue her hockey dream.
Boarding at Scotch College taught her the importance of social skills and communication, and the need for a strong support network in the form of family and friends. Hattie has always had a love of animals and is currently studying a Bachelor of Animal Science at the University of Adelaide. Hattie is aware that she needs a post-Hockey plan and her studies align with her love of animals and she aims to manage this around her Hockey commitments.
This undergraduate pathway in Animal Science, provides a range of post-graduate options. This degree will allow her to discover avenues such as animal and livestock production, vet nursing, animal behaviour, animal nutrition and other similar topics.
Hattie strongly supports the idea of having a career plan to transition to once elite sport is over. She aims to have completed her degree based on possible relocation to the National Training Centre (currently Perth WA) in the next Olympic cycle (2020- 2024). She would like to use this opportunity to inspire other young, upcoming athletes to follow their dreams, through her personal experiences and challenges.
Hattie has also worked in hospitality and coaching, along with working on the farm. Her love for her sport, hockey, began back in Naracoorte. From here she played in state teams all throughout her junior years (U12 – U21) before representing her country at the age of 16.
To date, she is a current National Junior Squad athlete and has played for Australia in multiple tournaments against nations such as India, New Zealand, and Japan. Hattie is a hardworking, dedicated athlete who always wants more, wants to make the next team, and one day, play for the Hockeyroos.
Hattie speaks of her selection within the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship & Mentoring Program: “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.”
First Club: Dartmoor
Current Club: Adelaide Hockey Club
First started: 9 years old
Studying: Bachelor or Animal Science
Awards, Honours & Achievements
- 2020: Under 21 Jillaroos, Co-Vice Captain
- 2020: National Senior Squad Camp selection (Hockeyroos)
- 2020: Invitation to train with the Hockeyroos
- 2020-2018: Junior Australian representative
- 2019-2018: National Junior Squad selection
- 2019: Rising Star award for Hockey SA
- 2019: Inaugural Hockey One League – Represented Adelaide Fire
- 2019: Premiership League winner
- 2019-2018: Clubs best and fairest
Last updated 14/09/2020