Former Australian hockey captain Mark Knowles is uncertain about his playing future.
Former Australian hockey captain Mark Knowles is uncertain about his playing future. Rob Williams

Aussie gold medallist to keep playing on, for now

THE good news for Queensland hockey fans is Mark Knowles is still playing the game he loves.

Although he may have retired from international duty after his successful stint as Australian Kookaburras captain, Knowles is still helping others in the club and national competitions.

After winning his latest Commonwealth Games gold medal on the Gold Coast, he's continued playing for Easts in the Brisbane series and remains in the Queensland Blades national league squad.

"I'm uncertain just at the moment whether I'm going to keep playing,'' Knowles, 34, said.

"I'm not sure what this year holds for me. I kind of stopped playing because I lost a little bit of urge to do it at the top level but I still think I have some stuff that I can add.''

The Rockhampton born and bred high achiever is enjoying coaching in life after international hockey.

"I'm working full-time now at the Queensland Academy of Sport,'' the four-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist said.

"I work in personal development so I'm working with athletes on this really holistic approach to their journey.''

The 2014 World Player of the Year often does coaching clinics with another Aussie hockey great Jamie Dwyer around the country.

"He (Dwyer) is based in Europe at the moment and finishing his season over there,'' Knowles said.

The Olympic gold medallist is also doing some guest speaking and public appearances, a fitting reward for his years of service to Australian sport.

"Things that I have wanted to do that I haven't always accepted because of my training commitments,'' he said.

"I get to do some of this (coaching kids), which I love.''

He's just completed some coaching clinics with students at Ipswich Girls' Grammar School.



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