Former Black Stick Krystal Forgesson finalist for Senior Māori Sportswoman Award

By Rahia Timutimu

After making her debut for the Black Sticks in 2005, Krystal Forgesson announced her retirement this year from international hockey.

Her career has included three Commonwealth Games and two Olympic Games.

Within the 9 years she's scored 77 goals making her the current all-time highest goal scorer, a reason why she is a finalist for the Senior Sportswoman award at this year's Māori Sports Awards.

Despite her retirement though, the accolades still roll in.

“I was pretty surprised to be honest, a couple of my team mates have been nominated in the past and it’s a good night,” she says.

Krystal is one of three finalists in the Senior Māori Sportswoman of the Year at this year’s Māori Sports Awards

The descendant from Ngāi Tahu made her debut nine years ago and has accumulated 220 international tests.

Her career has also included the Melbourne, Delhi and Glasgow Commonwealth Games, Beijing and London Olympics and two World Cups in Holland and Argentina.

Out of all of these, one competition stands out for her.

“Probably the London Olympics, our team performed every game, taking the Dutch to semi-finals, was a great experience and something I'll never forget,” says Forgesson.

Krystal won’t be forgotten.  At the moment, she sits on 77 international goals, making her the current all-time highest goal scorer alongside Katie Glynn.

Come November 29, we'll see if Krystal can add another accomplishment, when the Māori Sports Awards are held in Auckland.