SportsPower Local Legend: Peter Shepherd
Our local legend from Goulburn
Peter was nominated by Christine to be a SportsPower local legend. Here is what Christine had to say…
Peter has played representative hockey since 1964 at age 10. He has represented Crookwell, Goulburn, ACT, NSW and Australia. In his career, he has represented Australia as a Veteran Player six times totalling 5 Gold and 1 Silver Medal. He has been inducted into the Goulburn Mulwaree Sporting Hall of Fame in 2017. Peter also referees hockey locally and mentors many younger players.
After that nomination, we wanted to have a further Q&A with Peter to really understand this legend.
How did you get into your chosen sport?
My father was a State Representative player and Umpire – he encouraged me to play. Learnt most of my skills on the tennis court on my families property in Crookwell NSW.
Do you have a favourite brand, product, or range that you like to buy from SportsPower?
Grays Hockey equipment- always! Asics Hockey Shoes.
What are some of your training tips and best piece of advice you were given that made you better?
Practice, practice, practice! Watch as many games of professional hockey as you can and learn from the experts. Be prepared to follow advice.
How do you stay motivated?
Because I love Hockey. I love to watch it. Play it, coach it- everything. Some describe me as “ a Hockey Tragic”!
What’s your favourite quote?
Never give up!
Who is your sporting legend?
I admire many of the Australian and International players- I don’t have any particular “Legend”. There have been many over the years who have encouraged and supported me.
What else can you tell us about your story…
Started playing Hockey at age 6- encouraged by my father. First Representative game in Junior Hockey. Have played Senior Hockey in Crookwell and Goulburn for Fireflys Hockey Club consistently since the 1980s. Have Represented NSW in Country Championships in my teens. Have Represented NSW & ACT in Veterans Hockey in National Championships every year. This continues to present day. First Represented Australia in Masters Hockey in 2012 winning the Trans Tasman Gold Medal. Have since represented Australia in 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017 winning a total of 2 Gold Medals in World Cup and 1 Silver- 2 Trans Tasman Gold Medals. Continue to play weekly for Fireflys Hockey Club in Goulburn and Goulburn/Canberra Veterans in either Canberra or Goulburn. Referee local hockey matches most week.