Sally Rutherford (born 5 June 1981) is a New Zealand field hockey player. She has competed for the New Zealand women’s national field hockey team (the Black Sticks Women) since 2009. She was the reserve goalkeeper for the team during the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Sally was a crucial cog for the Kiwis as goalkeeper in her maiden appearance at an Olympic Games in 2017. The 35-year-old has developed into a world class keeper over the past few years after making the switch from Lacrosse.

She has played more than 100 games in the cage with Commonwealth Games and World Cup experience, and will be looking to keep the ball out of her net in Rio.

Rutherford, 35, is not just a full-time hockey player, though.

She’s finished and submitted her PhD in Physiology and Bioengineering, is a part-time teacher and a member of the New Zealand women’s lacrosse team.

A goal keeper in hockey, Rutherford started life in lacrosse as a forward and has slowly moved her way back to defender.

She’s New Zealand’s no 1 hockey goalie, but is a 12-year veteran of lacrosse and been to three world championships.



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