Hockey star welcomes baby Flynn
LITTLE Flynn Knowles is not even a week old but he already owns a hockey stick.
Rockhampton hockey star Mark Knowles and his wife, Kelly, have announced the safe arrival of their first child, baby boy Flynn William, born in Perth last Saturday.
Speaking to The Morning Bulletin from his Perth base with the Australian men's hockey team, Mark said the birth of Flynn, who weighed in at 2.68kg, rated alongside his Olympic gold medal in Athens in 2004.
"I'm stoked - it was an unbelievable experience," Mark said.
"Kel had a pretty tough labour so I will never complain about a sore ankle again."
While Mark will miss international duties with the Kookaburras at the Champions Trophy tournament starting in New Zealand on Saturday, he will get a chance to teach Flynn some hockey tricks.
"My sponsor sent me an email saying congratulations and that he's already sent over a Grays kids hockey stick for Flynn," he said.
Mark is now one of seven dads in the Kook
aburras squad, with Kelly's brother, reigning world hockey player of the year and fellow Rockhampton star Jamie Dwyer, a proud father of two boys, Julian and Taj.
At just 27, Mark is preparing for his third Olympics, with the London 2012 Games just around the corner.