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Varun Kumar (India)


Varun Kumar is an Indian field hockey defender and is currently at the front of his game.  Varun won gold in the 2017 Dhaka Men’s Asia Cup and won the 2018 Hero Asian Champions Trophy in a tie with Pakistan.


Three Fun Facts about Varun

  • Varun started playing hockey because of Captain of the Indian hockey team – Manpreet Singh
  • Varun’s hero is Mark Knowles
  • The most influential people in his life are his family and Manpreet Singh


Career Highlights

  • Ranked Gold in 2016 Lucknow, India Hockey Junior World Cup
  • Ranked gold in the 2017 Dhaka Men’s Asia Cup
  • Ranked silver 2018 Breda Men’s Champions Trophy
  • Ranked bronze 2017 Bhubaneswar FIH Men’s World League Final
  • Ranked bronze in 2018 Jakarta Asian Games
  • 2018 27th Sultan of Azlan Shah Cup, Ipoh Malaysia
  • 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games


JDH Hockey stick X93  •  Preferred JDH Hockey Stick Length – 37.5  •  Preferred JDH bow style – Concave


Social Media:  Facebook  •   Instagram   •   Twitter 


Teresa Martin Pelegrina (GERMANY)


Teresa Martin Pelegrina (GERMANY) – is a European hockey player who plays for Germany and is at the top of her game.


Three Fun Facts about Teresa

  • Teresa started playing hockey because her Mum an grandfather also played hockey
  • If she could try another Olympic sport it would be the Biathlon
  • The most influential person in Teresa’s life is her Mum


Career Highlights

  • Ranked 1 at 2018 European Indoor Championship in Prague
  • Ranked 6 at 2017 World League Final in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Ranked 4 at the 2017 European Championship in Amsterdam
  • Ranked 2 at the 2017 World League Semi Final in Johannesburg
  • Ranked 5th at the 2016 U21 World Championship in Santiago
  • Ranked 4th at the 2016 European Indoor Championship in Minsk
  • Ranked 2nd at the 2015 U18 European Championship in Santander


Social Media:  Facebook  •  Instagram 


Stacey Michelsen (NZ)


Stacey Michelsen (NZ) – is the New Zealand field hockey captain and most commonly known as one of the world’s best field hockey players in the sport.  Stacey is a weapon in pretty much any position on the pitch whether it be defender, midfielder or striker.


Three Fun Facts about Stacey

  • Stacey started playing hockey because both of her sisters played hockey, so it was a family sport.
  • Her most memorable event was winning goals at the 2018 Commonwealth Games
  • Stacey’s most influential people in her life are her family who have always supported her


Career Highlights

  • Ranked 1st at the 2018 Commonwealth Games
  • Ranked 2nd at the 2017 World League Finals in New Zealand
  • Ranked 2nd at the 2015 World League Finals in Argentina
  • Ranked 3rd at the 2011 Champions Trophy in Holland


Social Media:  Instagram  •    Twitter


Manpreet Singh (India)


Manpreet Singh (India) – Manpreet Singh is the captain and field hockey midfielder for India. Manpreet is well known around the world for his elite hockey performances and world titles.  Manpreet is well known around the world for his elite hockey performances and world titles.


Three Fun Facts about Manpreet

  • Started playing hockey when he was 9 years old because of his older brothers
  • The opportunity to win trophies made him want to play hockey
  • Manpreet’s hero’s are Jamie Dwyer, Moritz Fuerste and Sardar Singh


Career Highlights

  • Gold -2017 Dhaka Men’s Asia Cup
  • TOISA Player of the year 2017 – Times of India
  • Asian Best Player (Junior) 2015 – AHF
  • Midfielder of the year 2015 – Hockey India
  • FIH Rising Star of the year 2013 – Nomination for FIH


Preferred JDH Hockey Sticks


“Polytan hockey surfaces are fast and sophisticated. They are the best I’ve ever played on.”  – Manpreet Singh


Social Media:  Facebook  •  Instagram  •   Twitter


Kelsey Smith (NZ)


Kelsey Smith (NZ) – Kelsey Smith is a ferocious New Zealand field hockey competitor and strong striker in all her matches.  Kelsey used to play for Nelson Hockey and made her way to the black sticks by giving her best performance leading her to become a phenomenal hockey player for New Zealand.


Three Fun Facts about Kelsey

  • The most influential people in her life are her Mum and Dad
  • Kelsey started playing hockey to be with her friends
  • Her favourite animal is an elephant


Career Highlights

  • Winning the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games was her most memorable moment in history/to date.
  • Ranked 1st in 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games
  • Ranked 2nd in 2017 Auckland World League 4
  • Ranked 3rd in 2017 Brussels World League 3
  • Ranked 4th in the 2016 Rio Olympics


Preferred JDH Hockey stick length – 37.5  •  Preferred JDH bow style – low bow


Social Media:  Facebook  •  Instagram


Jeremy Hayward (AUS)


Jeremy Hayward is an elite Australian field hockey player who was in the winning team for the 2014 Men’s Hockey World Cup. Jeremy is a force to be reckoned with as he won the Young Player of the Tournament Award at the 2014 Men’s Hockey World Cup.


Three fun facts about Jeremy

  • Jeremy’s most inspiring Olympic performance was with the Kookaburras in 2004
  • If he could try another Olympic sport it would be the 100m sprint
  • Outside of hockey Jeremy enjoys fishing and camping


Career Highlights

  • 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games
  • 2018 Breda, Netherlands Champions Trophy
  • 2017 Bhub India World League
  • 2016 London Champions Trophy
  • 2015 Raipur India World League
  • 2014 Hague Netherlands World Cup
  • Preferred JDH Hockey stick length – 37.5
  • Preferred JDH bow style – Low concave


Social Media:   Instagram  •  Twitter 


Jamie Dwyer (AUS)


Jamie Dwyer is a retired Australian field hockey legend and five time world hockey player.  Jamie has been a Olympic gold medalist and two times World Cup gold medalist.


Three Fun Facts 

  • Jamie Dwyer first started hockey when he picked up a hockey stick when he was 4.
  • Both of his parents played hockey which is where it all started.
  • Jamie now designs and manufactures his own brand of hockey sticks and equipment – JDH
  • Jamie works in conjunction with Polytan to support hockey athletes around the world.


Career Highlights

  • Five Years FIH World Hockey Player of the Year
  • 2002 World Young Player of the Year
  • 2004 Gold Medal at the Athens Olympics
  • 2005 Gold Medal at the Champions Trophy in India
  • 2008 Gold Medal at the Champions Trophy in Holland
  • 2008 Bronze Medal at the Beijing Olympics
  • 2009 Australian Player of the Year
  • 2009 Gold Medal at the Champions Trophy in Germany
  • 2010 Gold Medal at the World Cup in India
  • 2011 Gold Medal at the Champions Trophy in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 2012 Gold Medal at the Champions Trophy in London
  • 2012 Bronze Medal at the London Olympics
  • 2014 Gold Medal at the Men’s Hockey World Cup
  • 2016 Olympics Quarter Finals


“Polytan get hockey. They understand how athletes and equipment interact with the surface making a whole world of difference to each players performance. Polytan’s advanced technology provides hockey athletes the best possible surface to train and compete on.” Jamie Dwyer.


Social Media:    Website  •  LinkedIn  •  Facebook  •  Instagram  •   Twitter  •   YouTube 


Georgie Morgan (AUS)


Georgie Morgan is a younger face in the Hockeyroos and has a signature drag flick that is unique to her playing style.  Georgie Morgan is a competitive player with amazing hand eye coordination. She never takes her eye off the ball.


Career Highlights

  • Represented Australia at the 2016 Rio de Janerio Olympics.
  • Represented Australia at the 2018 Hockey Women’s World Cup in London.


Prefers JDH Hockey Sticks


Social Media:  Instagram


Emma Tonegato


Emma Tonegato is a standout Australian Rugby 7’s player and a consistent high performer in all rugby matches.  Emma is a determined rugby competitor who is willing to surpass anyone who gets in her way.


Three Fun Facts – Polytan met up with Emma and asked her some questions:

Q. Who are the most influential people in your career/life?   

A:  Definitely Mum and Dad, they have always been there for me and there’s no way I would be where I am today without them.


Q. If you could create a public holiday what would it be for?

A:  National Kindness day, where everyone has to do one act of kindness.


Q. When you first played on a Polytan surface what did you think?

A:  We have trained on a few Polytan surfaces now and they are such a fast track! The base of the field provides a good base for change of direction and you don’t get caught in the mud or grass.


Career Highlights

  • Named player of the tournament for the Atlanta leg of the Sevens World Series in April 2016
  • A Month later from above she was named in 2015- 2016 World Rugby dream team.
  • Her very impressive performances landed her more team selections – Central Coast Sevens and Oceania Sevens  and pulling on number 5 jersey in December for first leg of the World Series in Dubai.
  • 2017/18 season saw Tonegato don the Gold jersey for every leg of World Series and scoring 26 tries across the season.
  • She was selected in the 2018 Commonwealth Games – tries were raining in and guiding Aussies to their silver medal finish.


Social Media:  Facebook – InstagramTwitter


Emily Chalker (AUS)


Emily Chalker (nee Smith) is the Australian field hockey captain for the Hockeyroos and a fierce competitor when she hits the pitch in her position as a striker. Emily is a skillful player and one of her huge career highlights was being ranked number one in the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games!


Three Fun Facts about Emily

  • Emily’s favourite food is a “Chicken Snitty”
  • She started playing hockey because her whole family played
  • If she could try another Olympic sport it would be shooting


Career Highlights

  • Ranked 1 in the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games
  • Ranked 2nd in the 2013 Tucaman World League Finals, 2014 Hague World Cup, 2014 Champions Trophy, 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games
  • Ranked 4th 2016 London Champions Trophy, 2018 London World Cup
  • Ranked 5th in 2012 London Olympic Games


Preferred JDH Hockey Stick – 36.5   •    Preferred JDH bow style – Low Bow (she thinks)


“I’ve never had a bad game on a Polytan surface. They offer the best playability, superior and consistent quality and the fastest ball glides.” Captain – Emily Smith, Australian Hockeyroos


Social Media:  Instagram – Twitter 


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