Shona McCallin - Athlete - STX Field Hockey

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Shona McCallin

#24 Team GB/Team England Midfielder
Hometown: Grantham, England
Alma Mater: Tilburg University


  • Gold medal at 2016 Olympic Games in Rio
  • Gold medal at 2015 Unibet EuroHockey Championships in London
  • Member of Great Britain National Team and England Hockey Club
  • Captain of England U21 team at 2013 Junior World Cup
  • Bronze medal winner at 2013 Australian youth Olympic Festival for GB U21 team
Why I Use STX

The overall experience. It’s not only about having sticks and just playing! It’s about knowing each other, creating a special, long-lasting partnership, communicating regularly, making sure both parties are happy, helping me improve myself and my opportunities alongside and after hockey.


Q. How old were you when you started playing?

A. Six years old at Newark HC.

Q. Who was your favorite athlete (any sport) growing up?

A. I have been through various stages over the years of admiring different athletes, due to what they had achieved in their sport: David Beckham, Kelly Smith, Dame Kelly Holmes, Jonny Wilkinson, Jess Ennis-Hill.

Q. What was your Play Huge moment in your career?

A. Winning Gold at the Rio Games in 2016

Q. What song is always on your pregame play list?

A. Imagine Dragons – On Top of the World (RAC Remix)

Q. What’s your favorite movie?

A. Pitch Perfect

Q. What advice would you give to a younger version of yourself?

A. Believe in yourself and enjoy it.

Q. Who is one person you (past or present) with whom you’d like to have dinner?

A. James Corden

Q. What’s the one thing you’d like to see changed in your sport?

A. The world rankings – I’d like to see Great Britain/England as number 1, not number 2, as it currently stands

Q. Who’s your favorite teammate you’ve ever played with?

A. Tough one, I enjoy playing with all my teammates currently. To throw it way back, probably my sister at the U13 level. She played right defender and I played right attacker and we just got what each other was going to do.

Q. Who is or was the most influential person in helping you on your way to become a professional athlete?

A. Christine Fergusson MBE. My first ever hockey coach, I can’t thank her enough for what she has done for me and also for hockey in general.

Q. Describe your playing style in three words.

A. Passionate, energetic, consistent.

Q. What’s your favorite exercise or drill to do while you’re training and why?

A. 6 v 6 games

Q. What’s your favorite pre-game meal?

A. Meridian peanut butter and banana on toast with a coffee to wash it down.

Q. Tell us your favorite motivational quote.

A. Somewhere behind the athlete you've become, and the hours of practice, and the coaches who have pushed you, is a little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked back... play for her.

Q. If you could play anywhere in the world, where would it be?

A. On a hockey pitch, on top of a very tall building in New York, overlooking the skyline during sunset

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