Athlete Profile

Thea Culley

Women's National Team

Nickname: Thizz
Position: Forward
Age: 29
Height: 168 cm
Hometown: Rossland, BC
Residence: Vancouver, BC
Birthplace: Trail, BC
Senior Caps: 142
1st Int'l Appearance: 2006 in Cardiff, Wales vs. Wales
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Career Highlights

2009 Champions Challenge II Canadian Best Player
2008 National Championships Tournament All-Star
2006 and 2004 CIS Tournament All-Star
2004/5 and 2006/7 Academic All-Canadian

Field Hockey Background

Besides basketball, field hockey was the only team sport offered to females at my high school. I started playing in grade 8 when I was 12 years old.

Former Teams: University of Victoria Vikes

Coaches: Louis Mendonca, Paul Bundy, Lynne Beecroft, Krista Thompson, Donna Hebert

Favourite Moment with Team Canada

Beating Wales 2-1 in the last 3 minutes of the game at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

Proudest Moment

When I was 8, I was inspired by the athletes parade at the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, BC and dreamed of competing in the games. My proudest field hockey moment was hearing Oh Canada before our first match at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. It was during this anthem that I realized that the fantasy of the past was now a reality.

My Life

When I'm not in Vancouver training I like to spend time at my family cabin reading on the dock.


University: University of British Columbia (2011)

Degree/ Major: Bachelor of Human Kinetics

Languages: English

Advice for aspiring athletes...

Value the setbacks and hardships and use them to make you stronger. Earning your achievements is more rewarding than being handed them.

Role Model

My role models are my family.

Favourite Quote

"There are some who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality. Then there are those who turn one into the other."
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