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Keegan Pereira

Biography

Keegan Pereira has wanted to represent Canada since watching the Pan American Cup in London, Ontario as a child. He now has more than 160 senior caps to his credit since making his international debut in 2009, coincidentally against India, his country of birth, making it one of the proudest moments of his career. In 2010 Pereira represented Canada at the FIH World Cup as well as the Commonwealth Games in Delhi. He returned to the Commonwealth Games in 2014. Pereira was also part of the silver medal-winning team at the 2011 Pan Am Games in Guadalajara. While playing professionally in Belgium in November 2014, Pereira was celebrating what he calls the best goal he’s ever scored when he jumped and tore his left ACL. He had surgery in January 2015, which meant he spent most of the season recovering. After four months of rehab in Toronto, he re-joined the national team in Vancouver where he could start training with them, giving him more confidence that he could return to action. He did late in the year when he helped Canada finish eighth at the FIH World League Final. In his Olympic debut at Rio 2016, Pereira started all five of Canada’s games, scoring one goal. It was also In 2016 that he signed a contract to play with German club Uhlenhorst Mülheim, where he has won two Bundesliga championships.

A Little More About Keegan

Getting into the Sport: Started playing at school at age five in India. His family moved to Canada in 1998 after his father, Reginald Pereira, finished his professional field hockey career in India… Has wanted to compete for Canada since going to watch the National Team at the 2004 Pan Am Cup in London, ON… Biggest inspiration in sport has been his father, who was his first coach and someone he could always lean on for guidance… Outside Interests: Enjoys podcasting, reading about markets, business and investing. During the offseason, likes to spend as much time as possible with friends and family… Earned Masters of Sports Management at the Johan Cruyff Institute after graduating from the University of British Columbia with a degree in human geography… Affiliated with Classroom Champions, a program that connects children with athlete mentors… Odds and Ends: Nickname: Reggie… Only ties his shoes just before getting on the pitch… Collects fridge magnets from every city he visits…Favourite quote: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” -Wayne Gretzky… Brother, Kevin, was a goalie for Canada’s Junior National Team…

Olympic Highlights

Games Sport Event Finish
2016 RioField HockeyMen 11

Notable International Results

Olympic Games: 2016 - 11th

Pan American Games: 2019 - SILVER; 2011 - SILVER

Commonwealth Games: 2018 - 8th; 2014 - 6th; 2010 - 7th

FIH World Cup: 2018 - 11th; 2010 - 11th

FIH World League: 2017 - 10th; 2015 - 8th; 2013 - 18th

PAHF Pan American Cup: 2017 - SILVER; 2013 - SILVER