Meet Hannah Pearce, a Harvard University student, who has been selected to represent her native South Africa in the women’s Senior National Field Hockey Team.
This is not the first time she has represented her country on an international stage; Pearce was named Dave Carr U18 Girls Player of the Year by the South African Hockey Association.
Pearce plays as a defender since she came to Harvard, and led this year’s defensive squad to an average of 0.74 goals allowed per game, with 10 shutouts over the course of their season.
She was recognised for this contribution with first team All-Ivy honors, as well as a selection to the Longstreth/NFHCA Northeast Region First Team.
Hanna’s first assignment begins at the FIH Hockey Series Finals tournament in Valencia. This is an important event, as the top two teams to finish will earn a ticket to the next round of the Olympic Qualifier.
If South Africa qualifies for the Olympics, Pearce will be added to the ranks of the many Harvard men and women to compete at the Olympic level.
She will, however, only be the second Harvard college student to play field hockey for an Olympic team.
The first being— Andrew Stone ‘86 — who played for the United States’ Men’s field hockey team in 1984.
We wish Hannah all the very best.