Jade started at Matamata College part way through Form 5. Jade and her sister Kaysha were a great asset to the school. Academically and in the sporting field. They were members of the exceptional 1st XI hockey team of 1991. The team, coached by Judy Board, herself an outstanding player, firstly won the second division in the Waikato competition, then won the promotion/relegation match to get into the premier division and went through undefeated in the championship round to become holders of the Tricolor Trophy and the Helen Gordon Cup. An amazing result from a rural secondary school. Jade was also a proficient cricketer and was the member of the Girls’ 1st XI.
Jade gained a Bursary and then headed to Auckland University where she graduated with an LLB, Bachelor of Law. She has worked for 17 years as a Commercial Solicitor in Hamilton.
Hockey didn’t stop when Jade left school. She became a member of the New Zealand Junior Black Sticks and played in a two test series against Australia. She was a Waikato Senior Women’s representative for ten seasons. Following her successful hockey career Jade then turned to golf. She has played off a 3 handicap and has represented Waikato in the Top 8 team.
As well as continuing to work part time, Jade is the mother of two children aged 8 and 6. Her hockey prowess has come to the fore in her daughter – naturally Jade is the coach! Her son is a cricketer where Jade spends considerable time on the side-line watching.
She and her husband Ian own a collision repair business in Hamilton. Jade gets to visit the golf course occasionally – not as much as she would like – but that will come!