Ajai Dhadwal

USA Field Hockey

Name: Ajai Dhadwal
Sport: Field Hockey
Position: Midfield
DOB: 8/13/1993
Hometown: Agoura Hills, Calif.
High School: Viewpoint School
College: John Hopkins University
World Championship Experience
  • Gold - 2016 World League Round 1 (Salamanca, Mexico)
  • Gold - 2012 World League Round 1 (Chula Vista, Calif.)
  • 5th - 2015 Pan American Games (Toronto, Canada)
  • 5th - 2013 World League Round 2 (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
  • 5th - 2011 Pan American Games (Guadalajara, Mexico)
  • 7th - 2015 World League Round 2 (Chula Vista, Calif.)
  • 7th - Champions Challenge II (Lille, France)
Other Career Highlights
  • 2016: Series against Canada (West Vancouver & Surrey, Canada)
  • 2015: Series against Argentina (Boston, Mass.), European Tour (Den Hague, The Netherlands & Antwerp, Belgium)
  • 2014: Summer series against Chile, Mexico and Argentina (Chula Vista, Calif.)
  • 2013: Australian Youth Olympic Festival (3rd, Sydney, Australia)
Personal: Son of Jang and Gurvinder Dhadwal...Sibling is Azizull...Nickname is Silky...Began playing field hockey in 2000...Game Day Mantra: "Give it your all."...Favorite Sports Quote: "When the going gets tough, the tough get going."...Best Words of Advice: "Get better everyday and enjoy the journey."
For Dhadwal, his passion for field hockey wasn’t born on the pitch but on the bleachers watching his father play in the Moorpark League in California. After absorbing the game from a bird’s eye view and having his father talk about the perks of his personal career in the sport, Dhadwal gravitated to the playing surface at the age of 8. Using his father as inspiration, Dhadwal joined the National Team in 2009. He has since helped Team USA advance to World League Round 2 and earn a bronze medal in the Australian Youth Olympic Festival.

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