Happy Mother’s Day to all the Hockey mums out there! 

To celebrate the ladies who live on small amounts of sleep, get up crazy early in the morning, who go without so we can do the things we love, who drive us all over the place and do all the things for us that as children we sometimes take for granted. 

In honour of their mums and the dedication they have put into helping their daughters achieve their dreams of playing hockey we spoke to Holly Steeples, Chrissy Newman and Nic Vidlar who just wanted to say a special thank you to their mums for all the things they have done to help the ladies to achieve their dreams. 

These three ladies wanted to take a moment today to share their experiences of the bond that they have with their mum and also messages of gratitude and love for all they have done for them over the years. 

Hockey mums, we salute you! 

Chrissy Newman

Chrissy is a rising star, she has been signed up for the GB Women’s Ice Hockey team, and scored 2 of the 3 goals when they played against Korea. She also plays for Bracknell where she is a valued member of the team.

Here is what she had to say about her mum.

“I have been very fortunate throughout my hockey career to have such a strong support system around me, from my family and friends and even my employers.

But none more so than my mum. From a very early age my mum has always encouraged me to ice skate. From the day I could walk my mum had me out on the ice. At the age of 5, my mum took me to watch my first ever game of ice hockey and it was from that day that my passion and love for the game began.

When I was 6 years old, my mum took me to my first ever ice hockey game for the U10’s Basingstoke Beavers against the Bracknell U10’s. At the time my mum did not realise that you have be at the rink an hour before face off, so we arrived late and to top it all off since I was so young I did not know how to kit myself up, it turned out that neither did my mum. Thankfully there were other parents that were on hand to help, it is safe to say that I am now old enough to kit myself.

Throughout my junior playing days, I had every opportunity to play as much hockey as I possibly could thanks to my mum being such a fantastic taxi driver. There have been countless training sessions and some very late night training sessions that my mum would take me to. Many childhood weekends were spent driving me around the country taking me from one game to the next.

Playing for 2 teams during days meant that I was spending most weekends in 2-3 different ice rinks. On top of all this is the financial costs, the money that is spent on fuel, the money spent on equipment, money spent on hotels etc. I know that I would not have made it to where I am today if I did not have that level of support that I have had from my mum. Even to the present day I am still so very fortunate to have a 100% support from my mum.

Over the past 6 years, my mum has sacrificed her own holiday leave from work to come and support me abroad whilst I am away playing at the World Championships. This always means such a great deal to me. My mum is without a doubt my number one supporter, and the level of support I still receive from my mum and family is incredible. It’s with this support, that it has allowed me to continue chasing my dream of playing at the highest level that I can.

Without my mum and my families encouragement and believe in me and without their continual financial support, I am not sure I would still be able to be living my dream.

Throughout the seasons my mum is not just my mum, she is my biggest supporter, she is also my PA, my chef, me housemaid and everything else she can possibly be to help me focus on my job and training. It is with huge thanks to my mum that I am able to juggle working full time and training to be the best player that I can be.

 I would like to take this opportunity on Mother’s Day to say a huge Thank You to my mum. Thank you for supporting me every step of the way. Thank you for all the sacrifices that you have made so that I can live my dream. Thank you for being my rock, but most of all, Thank You for being my mum.”


Holly Steeples

Holly plays for Nottingham U20’s and was called up to the GB squad as a reserve goalie, this young star has a bright future ahead of her. Here is what Holly had to say about her mum and her childhood memories.

“I remember my mum waking me up at 5am to take me to extra practises, coming out of hospital and taking me to Germany for the Conference to come and watch me, and she also came to Poland to watch me in my first world championships. She has been to every International tournament with me and watched all my important games. Not only has she done this for me but for both of my brothers. She has kept going no matter what.

My mum is amazing and is my hero, I love you forever and always mum.

Nic Vidler

Nic is a newbie to hockey but is still a valuable player and does a lot of work for charity, for Belfast Cancer care, which her team is known as Team Boobies, as well has playing hockey, Nic kindly sells cakes and buns at hockey games to raise more money. An inspirational lady, this is what she has to say about her mum:

“My mum thought I was nuts at first as I started playing in my 30’s and she was worried that I would get hurt, as a single parent she can be very protective even now, she’s my inspiration and gets me through the tough days.

She also helps with me fundraising for team boobies, and has taken pins and buckets into her work and promotes my page when she can.

“I literally do not know what I would do without her, she has been my mum, dad and everything that I need”.

If you would like to donate to the charity, here is the link – Https://www.justgiving.com/Nicholla-Vidler2  

Happy Mothers Day to every single mum out there! Our support, our nurse, our taxi, our comfort in times of need. Mums have so many hats to wear, so many jobs but they are always there for us no matter what. 

We love you mum, thanks for being amazing. 

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