Based in Arrowtown, up and coming Kiwi pro golfer Laura Hoskin was introduced to the game at age 10 by her dad. At only 25, she’s already got plenty of international tournaments under her belt, including in the USA and China – despite Covid-19 disrupting her 2020 travel plans.
But it was during the downtime of early 2021 that Hyoumankind founder Steph met Laura at Aro-Ha wellness retreat in Glenorchy. Bonding while hiking, Steph could see how much Laura had to offer as a beautiful human being, and was impressed by her drive to pursue her personal and professional goals. Steph decided there and then that she wanted to help nurture Laura’s spark.
Describing herself as ‘short but sweet’, Laura has since made it overseas – returning in August from Palm Springs, California, USA where she competed in five different events, including the LPGA Qualifying School.
We’re so pleased and proud to announce our Hyoumankind partnership with Laura, as we support and sponsor this rising sports star, to help her achieve her dreams. To mark the occasion, we recently caught up and chatted with Laura. About everything from the importance of sleep to her performance, how she keeps calm in the face of a pandemic, and a big call about who makes the world’s best coffee.
How do you use your Hyoumankind pillows?
I sleep with my Go Pillow every night. It has been the biggest life saver while travelling though out the USA. I remember when I was playing on tour in China and going from a different hotel each week. Sleeping on different kinds of pillows unexpectedly threw me off guard and my sleeps were inconsistent. But this year and this tour have been totally different, I know my neck is getting the same consistent support it needs every night. I sometimes also use it between my legs when I am sleeping on my side to keep my hips neutral. Also, when I am driving from event to event, (the longest drive I had in the USA was five hours), I put the Go Pillow behind my back for lumbar support.
What are your strategies for a good night’s sleep?
I try not to be on my phone for more than 10 minutes before shutting my eyes. I like having a dark room and no TV, so that my sleep is uninterrupted. A bedroom for me is a place of rest and comfort away from distractions and technology.
You travel a lot for your sport. What (and who) do you miss most about Aotearoa New Zealand?
Having recently spent two and a half months in the USA, I missed my dog Hadlee the most. OH AND PROPER COFFEE!! Hahaha no one does coffee like New Zealand! My boyfriend Matt lives in Auckland and I missed him a tonne, but he has been one of my greatest supporters and my rock throughout this whole trip.
If you weren’t playing golf, what would you be doing?
I would be starting up my own business of some sort. Or property development: I love projects and being my own boss! Something like what Steph is doing.
What a crazy couple of years you’ve had! How do you cope with uncertainty?
Yes!...I was playing full time on the China and Australian Tour and was planning my trip to the USA last year when Covid hit. So everything was put on hold. I actually really enjoyed being home and not having the pressure of competition and enjoyed having stability in my life. For me this is simple things like coming home to my parents and my dog Hadlee, and having home cooked meals and consistent practice and training facilities.