Kirsten was born in South Africa, and, with her family then lived in both New Zealand & Australia. She started playing hockey at the age of 7 in New Zealand, representing North Harbour prior to moving to Australia with her family. In Australia, Kirsten began playing in the Junior competition and progressed her way through the ranks at Club, State and National level. She has been a part of State and National squads including being a NSWIS scholarship holder and NSW AHL (Australian Hockey League) Arrows team member. Kirsten was selected into the Australian under 21’s hockey squad. In addition to outdoor hockey, Kirsten was also chosen as an Australian Indoor Women’s World Cup squad member. In January 2015 she was given the opportunity to attend a Super Camp in Auckland with the NZ National Team and was selected into the NZ Black Sticks 2015 squad. Kirsten debuted for the Black Sticks in February 2015 against Canada. In 2016 she was selected to represent New Zealand at the Rio Olympic Games where the team finished fourth after contesting the bronze medal. She has now accumulated over 100 caps for the Black Sticks and we envisage many more to come. This year Kirsten's stick of choice is the EDGE Dancer f Series.
“Every hockey player can agree that finding the perfect hockey stick is few and far between so finding one is a mission in itself. I had heard some great reviews of the EDGE brand and quality of their hockey sticks so I had to see it for myself and thankfully, yet inevitably, they lived up to their standards. Being a part of the EDGE team has been awesome and I am so proud to be a representative for them.”
Coming from Northern Territory, Joel Carroll represented Australia at the London 2012 Olympics, winning bronze. He was a part of the successful Commonwealth Games and Champions Trophy teams that took home gold in 2010. With strong family ties in hockey, Carroll, otherwise known as JC, started playing at the age of eight. As a fifteen year old he played U18 and U21 Northern Territory teams, and he was the youngest player in the AHL when he started for the NT Stingers as a 16 year old.
Unfortunately, injury caused him to miss much of the Kookaburras' successful 2014/15 season. Joel's weapon is the EDGE Crusader.
James Simpson is a part of the current Great Britain U21 side, choosing to use the EDGE Icon – Georgia Nanscawen edition!
Fergus Kavanagh represented Australia at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympics, winning bronze medals in both games. The only player in international hockey history to win the first 5 consecutive Champions Trophies in which he has played, he is also a World Cup and Commonwealth Games Gold medalist of which he co-captained the successful teams.
A senior member of the Kookaburras, Fergus was the first Australian to win the Hockey India League when his Ranchi Rhinos team won the inaugural edition in 2013. He won the title again in 2015 with the Ranchi Rays. Fergus plays with the EDGE Dancer.
“I want to be the best player I can be, which means using the best equipment is a priority for me. From the moment i started using EDGE sticks, I haven’t looked back. They make sticks in different styles that are so well suited to the modern day player that my only problem has been deciding which stick to use. If you want to make a difference to your game, buy one today.”
Karri McMahon is one of the Hockeyroo’s biggest stars. Having been an AIS scholarship holder in 2012, she made her debut for the Hockeyroos in the Champions Challenge late that year – where she won Gold.
Karri shot to prominence as a youngster in the South Australian Southern Suns side that won the National League in 2011. By 2013 she was captain of the Australian team at the AYOF, skippering them to the gold medal. Now living in Perth, Karri is a passionate South Australian, hailing from Berri in the beautiful Riverland.
“I love being part of the EDGE team! When I saw the stick designs and colours I knew that I wanted to show off EDGE sticks! When I had a feel of the sticks they were just as good as they looked and I knew that this was the right fit. Since signing up I have been proud to represent the EDGE brand and sensational team behind it. The products are top quality, play beautifully and are the best looking sticks around. I strongly encourage everyone to Give Yourself the EDGE and jump on board!”
Richard Smith represented Team GB at the London Olympics, finishing 4th. Richard chooses to use the EDGE Dancer.
One of the most highly rated young players in the world, Georgia Nanscawen featured in 205 matches for the Australian Women’s team across her career and holds the record as the youngest Hockeyroo to reach both 100 and 150 caps.
Debuting one day after her 17th birthday, the tenacious forward quickly carved out a role as a regular contributor for Australia. Nanscawen featured in many of the Hockeyroos most important international competitions over the last nine years.
“Some of my most special memories included the 2012 London Olympics, winning the gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, competing at two World Cups and winning silver in 2014, competing at two Junior World Cups and winning 2 Champions Trophy silver medals,” said Nanscawen.
“To be involved in a period that saw the Hockeyroos reach number two in the world is something I'll always cherish.”
In July 2018 Nanscawen announced her retirement from International hockey: “I feel very fortunate to have had such long and successful career, beginning at the age of 16 and spanning across 9 years and 205 games,” said Nanscawen
Georgia's stick of choice: EDGE Icon
“I was thrilled to be on board with Team EDGE. After my first hit with an EDGE stick I knew it was the stick I wanted to use - there would be no going back. The team at EDGE are committed to making top quality products, and it is a brand that I am proud to represent.”
Tasmanian Josh Beltz, 20, has been training as part of the Kookaburra centralised program in Perth and made his senior international debut for the Australian side in the gold medal winning Oceania Cup campaign in New Zealand, October 2015. He was part of the tour party that played a three-match series against India prior to the recent World League Final. Josh was a Tasmanian Institute of Sport athlete, he represented his club from a young age and captained Tassie in U15s and U16s, and was vice captain of the U18s. Josh plays with the EDGE Dancer.
“I love being part of the EDGE team! I am proud to represent this great upcoming brand. The team behind EDGE are committed to producing top quality products, and that is reflected in the look and feel of all their sticks and accessories!”
Christophe plays Elite League in France and is a member of the France U21 team. Set for a big future he is going to be a star of the French game. Christophe uses the EDGE Dancer:
“I loved the stick straight away, it really suits me. It’s so powerful. You don’t need extra effort to get the power when you need it. The groove fits well with the ball. When you are tired, you are sill able to hit the ball properly.