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A girl goalie is rare, but a girl goalie on Kaua‘i is almost as impossible to find as a day without a perfect sunset.
Kaua‘i High School’s Wren Perdue is proud to say that she is the one and only female goalie on the island. The Kilauea native spends most of her time playing inline hockey, which gives her a way to stay in shape and be competitive.
“It’s good exercise and I just like the competition,” Perdue said.
Recently, the Red Raider senior traveled to Alpharetta, Georgia for the U.S.A. Hockey Inline National Championships, along with teammates from O‘ahu that formed the Manini Wahine squad, who finished in second-place behind the Cincinnati Eagles. The Wahine played four games and came away with a record of 2-2.
Along the way, Perdue picked up various awards in the skills competition and has her eyes set on upcoming tournaments.
“I had fun up there and I met a lot of great people,” Perdue said.
In addition to Inline hockey, Perdue is also involved with Kaua‘i High School’s PTSA. Wren is currently the state student PTSA representative.
“It’s fun and I like it because it gives me great leadership training and I like being the voice of students,” Perdue said.
Her parents, Robert and Goretti have more than one hockey player in their household. Wren’s two brothers, Bruce (15) and Christian (10) also participate in the sport. In fact, Bruce is the reason why Wren first got involved with inline.
“My brother Bruce started playing and they didn’t have a goalie, so I decided to step in and be the goalie and the rest is history,” Perdue said.
Perdue credits most of her inline hockey success to her coaches, Darren Crozier, Mike Goodnight, Todd Mayer, and Lon Shimanuki.
Up next for Wren is high school graduation and after that, she plans to attend Hawai‘i Pacific University (HPU) and wants to major in photography or pursue a degree in law.
“I want to go to HPU because I want to make new friends and at the same time, not go to far away from home,” Perdue said.
As far as a dream job, Wren just wants a career that enables her to make a lot of money and have lots of fun.
“I really want a job that I can just enjoy and not think of it like it’s actually work,” Perdue said.
With a great attitude, Perdue seems like a perfect candidate for that type of job.
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