|Team NZ v Finland. Photo © WCF / Steve Seixeiro
10 Dec 2021 – New Zealand's Mixed Doubles team have been unsuccessful in their bid for the Beijing Winter Olympic Games, losing their six pool games at the last-chance qualifying tournament in the Netherlands this week.
Despite being unable to train together in the three months before they left for Europe, Mhairi-Bronté Duncan and Brett Sargon had high hopes of emulating the 2006 NZ Men's team who qualified for the Turin Games.
Ultimately though, they were undone by their lack of time on the ice together.
"We're really grateful for all of the support we received," said Sargon after their last game. "It's safe to say that we're very disappointed, but this has highlighted the learnings if we are to make that next step."