Four-legged training buddy helps Black Stick

Every Friday of lockdown, LockerRoom shares posts from Kiwi sportswomen who've caught our eye with novel ways of keeping on top of their game.

This week, gymnasts put their own spin on the toilet paper challenge, the Black Sticks captain gets her pet in on lockdown training, and a triathlete swims in a home-made pool built by her dad.


Black Sticks captain Stacey Michelsen hasn’t gone barking mad in isolation. No, the Commonwealth Games gold medallist is keeping fit and sharp with her dog as her isolation training buddy.


Where there’s a will, there’s a way. Commonwealth Games bronze medallist triathlete Nicole Van Der Kaay has got around the public swimming ban - with the help of a 'pool' built by her dad, and a long piece of rope. 


Rugby World Cup winner Eloise Blackwell stars in this week's episode of Sky Sport’s new rugby show, Isolation Nation. While the seasoned lock can't teach her students at Epsom Girls’ Grammar, she’s sharing lessons on lineout catching online.

Canoe slalom

Olympic silver medallist Luuka Jones shows her innovative side, swapping out her canoe for swiss balls in another lockdown training challenge – all while wearing gumboots.  


Javelin thrower Tori Peeters is making moo-ves on the farm in isolation. The Olympic hopeful is using every bit of ‘equipment’ she can get her hands on - from cowshed stairs to truck tyres and a ute full of dogs.

Rugby league

The superior passing skills of rugby league star Corban McGregor take centre stage in this basketball hoop trick shot. McGregor played in the Maori women’s side in the NRL’s Indigenous round just before lockdown.


Counties Manukau gymnasts show some serious flair by putting their own spin on the toilet paper challenge. With challenges popping up every other day of lockdown, the girls’ innovation makes light of a crappy situation.


Northern Stars netballers shine some light on their glam sides in one of the many creative transformation challenges being thrown around online. Spot the guest appearances from other Kiwi athletes and personalities too.

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