Poonam in action against Chile in Vancouver in July 2011. Photo Yan Huckendubler

Poonam Sandhu


Poonam Kaur Sandhu

 Date and place of Birth 29.03.1991 in Vancouver, BC, Canada 
 School John Oliver Secondary School
 University University of British Columbia
 Club India Club 
 Playing position Midfield/Forward
 First senior international 2009 vs Belarus in Kazan, Russia
 First U21 international 2012 vs Mexico in Surrey, BC, Canada
 Hockey idol Hargurnek Sandhu and Hargurpreet  Sandhu

Poonam made her international debut at the Champions Challenge 11 in 2009, well before her first U21 international in 2012 in a three match test series against Mexico in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada.

She comes from a very big hockey family. Her parents, aunts, uncles and siblings (brother, sister and cousins) are all affiliated with field hockey, either through coaching, managing or playing.

Together with her cousins and friends Poonam started the very first junior girls team with India Club in 2000 and from that group, many girls have gone to play for the Regional, Provincial and National level and have acquired scholarships to play in the NCAA (field hockey league in the United States).

This group started with an under 12 team (all indian girls) and now have two women's teams in the top two divisions in British Columbia, as well as many junior girls teams during the Junior season (predominately indian girls).

Poonam and her group are very proud of the fact that they helped establish a team for young indian girls to come out and enjoy the sport of hockey just like their fathers and brothers before them.

Poonam is the daughter of Canadian Olympian Hargurnek Singh Sandhu. Hargurnek represented Canada at Los Angeles 1984 and Seoul 1988 Olympic Games.