Jo Cotton caught up with Robyn Hocking our new Parish Youth Worker recently to find out about her background, family and faith.

What brings you both to Christchurch?: We have been going to return to Christchurch since we left to go to the Hawkes Bay in the mid 80’s! We have four adult children, Katie, Emma, Tessa and Richard and 3 lovely wee grandchildren, Hugo, Nina and Quinn. As they all now live in Christchurch, we wanted to be close to them and be involved with our grandchildren.

Tell us a little bit about yourselves: I was born in Carterton and Rick was born in Christchurch, and we met at Teacher’s College here in Christchurch. Rick later went on to become an accountant and was most recently the financial administrator at Hukarere Girls College in the Hawke’s Bay. I was a secondary school teacher and I taught Commerce subjects; accounting, economics and Business studies. I began my teaching career at Villa Maria College, then Taradale High School and for the past 9 years I have been teaching at Sacred Heart College in Napier.

Tell us about your sporting achievements: I have been playing hockey since I was young and I love it! The reason I came to Teacher’s College in Christchurch was because of the amazing hockey environment. I played for Carlton in the early 80’s and I was chosen for the 1980’s Moscow Olympics. It would have been the first time women’s hockey was played at an Olympics, but New Zealand boycotted those games, so I never got to go. However I ended up being picked for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic NZ Women’s Hockey team. It was an amazing experience and that same year Rick and I were married in the December. That year was the highlight of my life!  I have also coached hockey for over 30 years.

Do you have any other interests?: I love gardening and we are both interested in environmental issues and want to encourage young people in this area in practical ways. We both have bikes and are looking forward to exploring the lovely Canterbury cycle-ways.

How is your faith been important to you?: God has shown his faithfulness to us in so many ways. Often I have had to realise that it is in God’s timing, not mine! We have been blessed in so many ways and I want to share that with others, especially the youth. I have a passion to encourage and walk alongside young people by helping and modelling.

What are your hopes for the future?: We want to enjoy our time together and we are hoping to be able to explore the beautiful South Island.