Brandon Pereira’s first international event with Canada was at the 2013 Junior World Cup. He was named captain for the hockey 5’s team at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, leading Canada to a silver medal. Pereira also captained the junior team at the 2016 Pan American Championships, where he scored four goals, winning another silver medal and qualifying for his second Junior World Cup later that year. At the Junior World Cup in 2016 he led the Canadian team with two goals.
Pereira joined the senior national team in 2017, helping Canada to a 10th place finish in the FIH World League. That included an upset win over India in the semifinal round, which earned Canada a spot for the 2018 World Cup. He picked up another silver medal later that year at the Pan Am Cup, appearing in all five games at the tournament.
In 2018, Pereira was named to the Canadian team for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and the World Cup. At the World Cup he would play in just one game before missing the remainder of the tournament due to a torn meniscus. The injury required surgery, but he rejoined the national team in 2019 for the FIH Series Final. He helped Canada win gold over host Malaysia, which earned them a spot in Olympic qualifying. He was also a member of the silver medal winning team at the Lima 2019 Pan Am Games.
At the Olympic qualifying tournament, Canada had to beat Ireland to earn their spot for Tokyo 2020. After losing the first game, Canada won the second and forced a winner-take-all shootout. They came away victorious, clinching an Olympic berth for the second straight Games. Pereira made his Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020.
A Little More About Brandon
Getting into the Sport: Started playing field hockey at the age of 12… Inspired to play by his Olympian grandfather, Polycarp Periera, who played field hockey for Uganda at Munich 1972… Outside Interests: Works as a contractor, studying to become an electrician…
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Notable International Results
Olympic Games: 2020 – 12th
Youth Olympic Games: 2014 - SILVER (Hockey 5’s)
Pan American Games: 2019 - SILVER
Commonwealth Games: 2018 - 8th
FIH World Cup: 2018 - 11th
FIH World Cup (junior): 2016 - 16th; 2013 - 16th
FIH World League: 2017 - 10th
PAHF Pan American Cup: 2017 - SILVER
PAHF Pan American Championships (junior): 2016 - SILVER