Athlete Profile

Azelia Liu

Women's National Alumni

Nickname: Zee
Position: Goalkeeper
Age: 35
Height: 158 cm
Hometown: Scarborough, ON
Residence: Vancouver, BC
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON
Senior Caps: 106
1st Int'l Appearance: 2002 in Scotland vs. Scotland

Career Highlights

2010 XIX Commonwealth Games, New Delhi, India (6th)
2007 Indoor Hockey World Cup, Vienna, Austria (9th)
2005 Indoor Hockey Pan American Cup, Waterloo, Ontario (1st)
2003 Pan American Games, Santo Domingo
2000 Junior World Cup Qualifier, Bridgetown, Barbados (3rd)

Field Hockey Background

I started playing field hockey because my older sister started playing in high school. However, my real passion was being a goalkeeper. When I got to Grade 9, my sister and I played on the same team.

Former Teams: York University Yeowomen; Phoenix Field Hockey Club; Klipper THC

Coaches: Louis Mendonca, Sally Bell, Butch Worth, Kimo Linders

Favourite Moment with Team Canada

Winning the bronze medal in the Pan American Cup in Barbados in 2004.

Proudest Moment

Playing for the Indoor Team in 2005, where we qualified for the Indoor Hockey World Cup in Vienna, Austria in 2007.

My Life

I have a two sisters, one two years older, Abbie and a twin sister, Amaris. I love playing different sports; soccer, hockey, and tennis to name a few. My family lives in Toronto. I hope to teach after my field hockey career.

Education

University: York University (2003) & University of Toronto (2009)

Degree/ Major: Kinesiology and Health Sciences, Education

Languages: English, Chinese

Advice for aspiring athletes...

The crazy thing is that everyone has their own journey in life whether it's playing sport or life in general. Sometimes it's easy to lose sight of what is most important....and that is simply for the love and passion of "why" we do things. No matter how high the hurdle....always remember our simple beginnings and half the battle is won.

Role Model

My mom, the one who taught me to fight like hell.

Favourite Quote

"I do not know anyone who has gotten to the top without hard work. That is the recipe. It will not always get you to the top, but it will get you pretty near." - Margaret Thatcher

Interesting Facts

1. My choice of beverage is nothing but the "real thing", Coca Cola because it's the healthy choice.
2. I travel more than I like to.
3. My two favourite sports to catch on the tube are hockey and tennis.


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