Peak demands overlap for a sporting couple

02:03, Jul 26 2012

Black Sticks hockey captain Kayla Sharland might have an extra supporter in the stand next week if the Crusaders fail to win the Super Rugby title.

Sharland is the partner of George Whitelock and she revealed yesterday that although the Crusaders flanker plans to get over to the Olympics, the timing depends on rugby results.

The Crusaders are away to the Chiefs in a semifinal on Friday. If the Crusaders win and the Stormers beat the Sharks the final will be in South Africa the following weekend, but if the Sharks prevail the final will be in Christchurch.

“It depends, if they lose this weekend, he will come over straight away,” Sharland said.

“If the final is in South Africa, he will come over and catch the last week. Hopefully they win, and he can come over, too.”

The Black Sticks have a two-week campaign in London, starting with Sunday's match against Australia.

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Sharland said she and Whitelock rarely see one another play - “I've seen two Crusaders games live this year.”

Sharland is Palmerston North-born and often based in Auckland for Black Sticks training.

However, she is about to become a permanent Canterbury resident after the Games and put hockey on the backburner.

She wants to let her body recover and complete a management degree, which has so far taken nine years.

“I'm going to have a break and get a job. After a while I'll see where I'm at, in terms of coming back. Even though I have been injured a lot in my career, that is never a break.”

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