Sandie Mackie our Regional Development Officer finishes with Auckland Hockey this month after 15 years of sterling service to our clubs, schools, coaches and players. She will be sorely missed by our small staff team and CEO Manoj Daji said “Sandie has been an institution at Auckland Hockey, our longest serving staff member, and has added real value in the last 15 years across many facets of our association including Coaching Representative teams, Coaching in Primary schools and more recently administering the Masters programme.
She has a stellar hockey career behind her as a former Black Stick and Los Angeles Olympian and in recent years as a NZ Masters Rep. It is fitting she goes out as a Gold Medal winning coach with last years U18 Women. A friendly, talented and warm individual who really will be missed by our team, personally I can’t thank her enough for her friendship, loyalty, sharing of knowledge, selflessness and service to our team and all Auckland stakeholders. I wish her and Ian her husband well for the next exciting chapter.”
Sandie had the following to say about the next chapter, “while I will continue to coach and play at Southern Districts Hockey Club, I am also looking forward to spending more time with Ian. Hockey has been a big part of my life and I don’t expect that to change, however there are other opportunities that I’m keen to pursue in the health, well-being and fitness areas. I have worked with many awesome people at Auckland Hockey and have always done my best alongside them. Most recently, thanks to Manoj, James, Denise, Joe and Merissa who are always great to work with. Finally, a big thank you to all those who have put up their hands to be involved in the many areas that Auckland Hockey supports and a special thanks to those who have helped me over this time”.
Sandie has officially finished with us, but will continue to assist with the Auckland Masters group as they wind down after the postponement of the National Masters Tournament. We look forward to a continued association with Sandie via the Junior Club Programme and Masters Hockey.