Pat Barwick

​​​(1946 – ) | Hockey

Pat BarwickInducted into the Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.

Pat Barwick, who was born at Brunswick, north of Whanganui, captained New Zealand at hockey for nine years (1971-79) including in the first year of her selection at the age of 24.

She was chosen in the NZ team for the 1980 Moscow Olympics, after beating Australia and Great Britain the previous year to qualify, but the team did not play in Russia because of the Olympic boycott.

In her season as national captain New Zealand was placed third in the 1971 IFWHA world tournament in Auckland. Two years later the side again finished third, this time in the Jubilee Top 8 world tourney in Holland.

There was a further third placing in 1975 at the World Cup in Edinburgh. In 1977 Pat captained NZ to victory over England at Wembley Stadium. The following year there were test series wins over Australia and Canada but NZ drifted to ninth at the 1979 World Cup in Vancouver.

Pat's international career for New Zealand was over a 10 year span.

​During her provincial playing career she played for Whanganui (1963-64, making her senior debut as a sixth former while at Wanganui Girls' College), Otago (1965-67), Hawke's Bay (1968-71) and Canterbury (1971-80), playing in four national winning teams. She was NZ Universities' captain in 1967.

As a coach Pat was in charge of the NZ team between 1987-1992, finishing ninth in the Sydney World Cup and eighth in the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games after being assistant coach in 1985 and 1986 when the team was fourth in the World Cup in Holland.

Pat was also involved in coaching NZ under-18, under-21 and a NZ Selection.

​At provincial level she coached Canterbury to five national and two champion tournament titles between 1980 and 1985.

A life member of Hockey New Zealand, Patricia, who lives in Christchurch, is director of coaching for Sport Canterbury.

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