Athlete Profile

David Carter

Men's National Team

Nickname: 'Carts'
Position: Goalkeeper
Age: 33
Height: 175 cm
Hometown: Vancouver, BC
Residence: Vancouver, BC
Birthplace: Vancouver, BC
Senior Caps: 117
1st Int'l Appearance: 2007 in Vancouver vs. Chile
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Career Highlights

- Pan American Cup Gold Medal in 2009
- 2009 Pan American Elite Team

Field Hockey Background

I played field hockey for a semester in grade 10 before playing Rugby in my Senior years. Four years later at the age of 19 I was about to attend UBC when I received a phone call from Andrew Schouten informing me that the UBC goalie had left so they were searching for a keeper and asked if I was interested. I was, and that began my field hockey career. Six years later I made my Team Canada debut.

Former Teams: UBC Thunderbirds

Coaches: Robin D'Abreo, Al Brahmst, Louis Mendonca, Shiaz Virjee

Favourite Moment with Team Canada

My favourite team moment comes from 2009 after we had defeated the USA in extra-time in the final of the Pan-Am Cup and won direct qualification into the 2010 World Cup in Delhi, India. We had all piled onto the bus for our 45 minute ride back to the hotel. The entire way back we were chanting and rocking the bus and it was the happiest I'd ever seen the team.

Proudest Moment

Winning the Pan American Cup Gold medal in 2009 and qualifying for the World Cup. I was also named Goalkeeper of the tournament.

My Life

I have played guitar since I was 16 and played in a cover band throughout my University days where we covered our favourite bands at the time (Dave Matthews Band, Red Hot Chile Peppers, Jack Johnson etc). I'm from a big family...I have 3 brothers and a younger sister, I'm the middle child. After I'm finished my playing career I plan on enrolling in a Sports/ Event Marketing program and entering that field. My favourite movies are the Shawshank Redemption, Old School, and Swingers.


University: University of British Columbia (2008)

Degree/ Major: Bachelor of Arts in History

Languages: English

Advice for aspiring athletes...

Don't ever forget the family and friends that helped you along the way. No athlete does it alone, and when you finally step up onto the podium after succeeding, remember each and every one of them.

Role Model

My parents - for supporting my Olympic dreams.

Favourite Quote

"The vision of a champion is someone who is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion when no one else is watching."

Interesting Facts

1. I seriously considered attending the University of Victoria and playing Rugby instead.
2. My two fears in life include flying and spiders. Intelligently I've chosen to play a sport that travels a lot, and to places with big spiders.
3. I have a tattoo of a Canadian maple leaf on my right calf.

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