A decade long career playing for the All Whites and one of a small group of New Zealand footballers to succeed in Europe and Asia, Noah Hickey is one of the most recognised faces of the “beautiful game” in this country. He has carried his passion for the sport into the media including his role as an expert commentator for TVNZ’s 2014 FIFA World Cup coverage and, prior to retiring from football, through the SHINE mentoring programme he developed to help talented young New Zealanders strive to reach their potential.
Noah is big on getting involved and believes masters’ sport is a wonderful way for people to work towards a goal, whether it is winning a gold medal or simply participating. His role as a director of Phoenix FC also allows him to keep involved and contribute to the growth of football in this country.
Bowls and golf appeal to Noah as possible sport options however he doesn’t rule out the possibility of lacing up the boots and getting the team back together for the football competition. “My final choice of sport will be largely dependent on how the body is holding up however I do know the opportunity to show off the wonderful city that is Auckland is one not to be missed,” says Noah. “It is a truly amazing achievement for the city to host an event of this size.”