Gold medal the focus as Dwyer plays in last Olympics
Three talented athletes from Rockhampton in central Queensland have been at the core of the Australian men´s hockey team for the past six years. Mark Knowles, Jamie Dwyer and Matt Gohdes have set off for the Rio Olympics, where they will take to the field together for the last time. It will be an emotional tournament for all of them, with Rio set to be Dwyer´s fourth and final Olympic Games.
The 37-year-old will retire after the final siren sounds. “It really feels right. It´s the right time for me to retire,” Dwyer said. “On one hand I´m scared, because I know how much I´m going to miss it.”
Dwyer was the first of the three Rockhampton players to earn his place in the sport´s national team in 2001. He has had an illustrious career that includes five world player of the year awards, one Olympic gold medal and two bronze. He desperately wants to cap it off with another gold medal.
“I think the challenge for us is to be our best when our best is required,” Dwyer said. “If we play to our potential, I think we´ll be a tough team to beat.”
PHOTO: Mark Knowles, Jamie Dwyer and Matt Gohdes celebrate a semi-final win last year. (Supplied: Hockey Australia/Grant Treeby)
Article shared from ABC.net.au – ABC Capricornia written by Megan Hendry.