Episode 41

Published on:

6th Nov 2023

Inspiring the next generation: Taking the Sakura Japan Hockey team to new heights with Jude Menezes

Jude Menezes shares his experiences and insights as the new coach for the Japanese women’s hockey team: Sakura Japan. From discussing the challenges of recruiting players to the cultural nuances of coaching, Jude provides a fascinating perspective on this role and his challenge to bring the Japanese women’s team into the top 6 teams in the world. Grab your jandals and join us as we dive into the world of hockey and coaching in Japan.

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In this episode you’ll hear:

  • Jude’s extensive experience in field hockey from being an Olympian himself to coaching the NZ women Black Sticks through two Olympics
  • What Jude looks for when he is coaching and how this transcends language and cultures
  • The challenges of coaching in Japan that permeate many professional sports
  • Jude’s mandate for the team and when we might be able to see them play

About Jude

Jude migrated from India to New Zealand with his family in 2002 where he eventually started working in hockey as a Manager/Goalkeeping Coach. He became the Assistant Coach for the Black Sticks women in 2014 until 2021. Some of the major tournaments in those roles were:  Olympic Games- Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 - World Cup London 2018 - Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014 (Bronze medal) Gold Coast 2018 (Gold medal) - Oceania Cup Rockhampton 2019 - Gold medal. 

In 2021 he took on the role of Head Coach with the Sakura Japan Women’s team.  Results include: Asian Champions Trophy: Donghae, Korea 2021 - Gold medal. Asia cup : Oman 2022 - Gold medal. Nations Cup: Valencia 2022 - Bronze medal. 

Connect with Jude

Instagram: @jude.menezes

Twitter (X): @ jude_mt

Facebook: Jude Menezes


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Jandals in Japan
Bringing The Land of the Long White Cloud to The Land of the Rising Sun
The best show about New Zealanders doing business in Japan, bringing The Land of the Long White Cloud to The Land of the Rising Sun
How do you build a brand in Japan and nurture a loyal customer base?
What do you need to have in your tool belt if you are thinking of coming to Japan to launch a business here?
Japan is often considered to be in the "too hard" basket but we are here to open up the black box of doing business in Japan.
We will share stories from successful Kiwis selling their products and services here in Japan.
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Jayne Nakata

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Jayne Nakata is a Southland girl who arrived in Japan in 2002, planning to stay just two years. 20 years later she is still living in Fukushima Prefecture with her Japanese husband and two children. When the triple disaster hit in 2011, Jayne made the commitment to stay in Fukushima and contribute to rebuilding the area. She is the host of the award winning podcast Transformations with Jayne, which is a favourite with international women living in Japan. She is also the double award winning podcast producer and manager for PodLaunch with Jayne.

Catherine O’Connell

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Born and bred in Christchurch, Catherine O'Connell landed in Japan in 2002, on a one year contract, and 20 years later she's planted her feet firmly in Japan. She built a wealth of business and cultural experience working at the coal face of brand-name Japanese corporates as in house legal counsel. Catherine took a leap of faith down the entrepreneurial route launching her own multi award-winning boutique law firm in Tokyo in 2018, being the first Kiwi and first foreign female to do so. She is Vice Chair of the Australian & New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan and helps businesses thrive in the Japan market delivering business insights meshed with legal instincts. Catherine is also host of the award-winning Lawyer on Air Podcast.