Unfortunately, Hockeyroos striker Ashleigh Nelson has torn her ACL and she won't be going to Rio with the rest of the team. So she answered our questions to cheer herself up.

29 Apr 2016 - 4:55 PM  UPDATED 29 Apr 2016 - 5:00 PM

What’s your warm up song?

If I had my way we would be listening to classic Celine Dion. Fortunately for many I am not in charge of team music therefore I listen to whatever is being played for me.

What are you watching on TV / streaming right now?

I love House of Cards, The Island - Bear Grylls and a new documentary called Meru.

Vegemite: do you keep in the fridge or pantry?

Pantry - alongside all my other spreads. I don’t care what the jar says it’s too hard to spread straight from the fridge.

Favourite other sport?

Really enjoyed watching the women's world cup soccer and their recent Olympic qualifiers. Also being from WA I of course love Aussie Rules - West Coast Eagles!


Do you have any tattoos? 

No tattoos for me. My teammate Georgie Parker however lost a bet and had to get inked with Hottyroo. I am trying to avoid situations like this.

Finish this: To play me in a movie of my life I’d want …

Amy Schumer - at least she would actually make me funny.

(ed: Ashleigh's pretty funny herself:)

Who was your role model growing up?

I never remember really admiring a well known sports figure but I loved being included in things by my older brothers. As much as we fought I always wanted to play whatever they were playing and that probably had a lot to do with my development.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time?

Remaining in the development of women in sport. I would love to return to the Olympics in a mentor capacity or commentary role.

Are you a cat person or a dog person?

Very much a dog person. Cat people get publicly ridiculed in our team so being a dog lover is a safer option!