For most of us, our sporting careers peak in high school. Not many of us have the tenacity, self-drive, determination and commitment to juggle ‘adulting’ with high performance sports, representing not just our region but our country too.
But CoreLogic Product Owner Erin Muxlow has done just that. This is one super-impressive multi-tasker. She’s a high achieving senior employee juggling 35 hours’ work a week with parent duties, has recently completed a house-build project with her builder partner and last but not least, is an athlete: selected to represent New Zealand in hockey as a striker (her job is to score goals, no pressure) at the Exin Masters World Cup 2018.
Erin is one of those incredibly capable, ‘just get on with it’ people, which is exactly how she deals with her type 1 diabetes too. There’s zero fuss, drama, or ego with this one.
Erin played her first game of hockey at age thirteen, and the sport has been a constant and important part of her life since. She values it as a fun way to keep fit (important for her diabetes), but also for the friendships, and obviously there’s the satisfaction of progressing…and winning too. Erin loves a good win.
Like all great sporting stories - her campaign to the World Masters has been intense. It involved four years of solid effort, with multiple trials, knock-backs and injuries. Her success finally came in 2017 after representing Wellington in the Nationals. Her team’s win in that tournament is Erin’s current hockey highlight and it also paved the way for her national selection.
She’s got there without the wrap-around support that other sporting codes (and teams) receive: with the Master’s Games, Erin explains: “you’re definitely ‘in it for the love of the sport”. She joins other NZ players in Wellington to train three times a week, with club training and a club game on top of that: “It would be fair to describe it as intensive! I’m lucky to have a supportive partner who’s OK with holding the fort, plus the back-up of family and friends to help with the juggle too. But you do have to be very motivated. We’re self-funded and at a cost of $8,000 per player to get to Barcelona, there’s been a fair amount of fundraising going on”.
Having a supportive employer has been important: “CoreLogic has been amazing. I’ve not had to take annual leave for the two weeks I’m away because they recognise the huge commitment required to play at an international level. Marketing has sponsored our team training shirts, and colleagues have supported my fundraising efforts too”.
Erin’s women’s team involves players aged 40+ and they represent the broad spectrum – business professionals, a pilot, a mum, a teacher, a physiotherapist: “Our coach is a policewoman whose mum was a Black Stick”.
Whilst Erin is thrilled to be representing New Zealand, her ultimate goal is to do so when she’s aged 60 “Because then you’re a Grand Master…that’s a pretty cool title!” Erin says cheekily. “I just read about a man who made his international debut aged 70. That’s what’s inspiring to me: to never forget the love of sport”. And with that, she ends the call to attend to a data matter - something about checking new property data available in the NZ ODS.
Good luck Erin! The entire CoreLogic team are right behind you and the NZ squad as you strive for success in Terrassa: You’re an absolute inspiration.
About the Exin World Masters:
The Exin World Masters takes place every 2 years and is promoted since 2012 by the International Master Hockey Association (IMHA) and worldwide recognized by the International Hockey Federation (FIH). The 2018 edition involves 100 teams and 2,000 players, 200 of whom are from New Zealand.