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Gemma Flynn

Gemma McCaw
Field hockey at the 2012 Summer Olympics - NZL-AUS (7796662612).jpg
Personal information
Born (1990-05-02) 2 May 1990 (age 27)
Tauranga, New Zealand
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)[1]
Weight 60 kg (132 lb)
Playing position Striker/Midfield
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Midlands
National team
2008– New Zealand 246 (71)
Last updated on: 15 January 2017 (national)[2][3]

Gemma McCaw (née Flynn, born 2 May 1990) is a New Zealand field hockey player who has represented her country in three Summer Olympics (2008, 2012, and 2016).[4] She married former All Blacks captain Richie McCaw in January 2017.

Early life

Born in Tauranga, Gemma McCaw is the youngest child and only daughter of Rob and Michelle Flynn.[5] Of Māori descent, McCaw affiliates to Te Arawa.[6] She attended Tauranga Intermediate School and Tauranga Girls' College,[5] and studied sports science at Massey University.[7]

Hockey

As Gemma Flynn, she has competed for the New Zealand women's national field hockey team (the Black Sticks Women) since 2008, including for the team at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics, 2016 Summer Olympics and at the 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games.[8] At both the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, her team lost the bronze medal game and thus came fourth.[9][10] She was part of the team which made it to the final game of the FIH World League in 2015, but the team lost 5–1 against Argentina.[11]

Following the 2016 Olympic Games, she is taking an extended break from hockey before deciding her future.[12]

Outside hockey

Flynn moved to Christchurch in 2014 to be with Richie McCaw,[13] became engaged to him in early 2016,[14][15] and married him on 14 January 2017.[16]

Alongside Luuka Jones, Kane Williamson, Ria Hall, and Tiki Taane, Gemma McCaw is one of the celebrities behind the Bay of Plenty's No Place Like Home tourist campaign launched on 25 January 2016.[17][18] In October 2016 she became an ambassador for the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation.[19]

References

  1. ^ "Gemma Flynn – London 2012 Olympics". Archived from the original on 1 August 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "New Zealand Hockey Representatives – Women" (PDF). Hockey New Zealand. 22 August 2016. Retrieved 15 January 2017. 
  3. ^ "New Zealand Goal Scorers – Women" (PDF). Hockey New Zealand. 22 August 2016. Retrieved 15 January 2017. 
  4. ^ "Gemma Flynn – Hockey New Zealand". Archived from the original on 22 February 2013. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Fuller, James (19 June 2012). "The making of an Olympic hockey star". Bay of Plenty Times. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "Maori Sports Awards 2012: Lisa Carrington takes top award". Rotorua Daily Post. 24 November 2012. Retrieved 6 August 2016. 
  7. ^ "McCaw's supposed date 'deserves best'". Bay of Plenty Times. 24 January 2013. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Gemma Flynn". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 14 December 2012. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  9. ^ "Match Report" (PDF). International Hockey Federation. Retrieved 27 January 2017. 
  10. ^ "2016 Olympic Games (Women)". International Hockey Federation. Retrieved 27 January 2017. 
  11. ^ "A Hockey World". 
  12. ^ "Black Sticks striker Gemma Flynn to take extended break before deciding future". Stuff.co.nz. Fairfax New Zealand Limited. 21 July 2016. Retrieved 15 January 2017. 
  13. ^ "Gemma Flynn changes her name on marriage to Richie McCaw". New Zealand Herald. 25 January 2017. Retrieved 25 January 2017. 
  14. ^ "Smith: Should Richie McCaw be knighted now for rugby feats?". Stuff.co.nz. 18 August 2015. Retrieved 17 January 2016. 
  15. ^ "'Gemma said 'yes'!' – Richie McCaw, Gemma Flynn engaged – Sport – NZ Herald News". Nzherald.co.nz. 11 January 2016. Retrieved 17 January 2016. 
  16. ^ van Beynen, Martin (14 January 2017). "Richie McCaw's and Gemma Flynn's big day arrives". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 14 January 2017. 
  17. ^ "Local celebrities celebrate best of the Bay". Stuff.co.nz. 25 January 2017. Retrieved 25 January 2017. 
  18. ^ "Gemma McCaw joins other Bay stars in new tourism campaign". New Zealand Herald. 25 January 2017. Retrieved 25 January 2017. 
  19. ^ "Gemma Flynn is new breast cancer ambassador". Stuff.co.nz. 14 October 2016. Retrieved 22 January 2016. 

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