Jamie Dwyer holds up the Champions Trophy after beating Spain in the final recently.
Jamie Dwyer holds up the Champions Trophy after beating Spain in the final recently. Sandra Mu

Jamie's still on top of the world

AS HE sits back relaxing on a comfortable chair; you could be excused for forgetting you are talking with Jamie Dwyer, the world's greatest hockey player.

Dwyer is always approachable and loves his sport, and that has not changed despite him recently winning a record fifth award for the being the world's No.1 player.

The 32-year-old superstar admitted it was a little surprising to take the award again this year, as he missed a large chunk of the season due to a serious knee injury.

"It was an honour to win it once, never mind five times," he said, "I didn't think I had a chance due to my injury, but once I found I was one of those nominated I thought then I had a chance."

Despite an operation on the knee and extensive recuperation, Dwyer knows he has not seen an end to his injury woes.

"It has been feeling pretty good for the last couple of months," he said. "But I had a bit of a setback after the Champions Trophy.

"It is a recurring injury and so it all depends how well I manage it."

Dwyer suffered an injury where a hole in his cartilage has resulted in bone wearing on bone.

However he is determined to be fit for the London Olympics and that remains his number one goal in hockey.

While his international career with the Kookaburras is geared to the Olympics, Dwyer admits there will be changes to his program for club hockey, not only due to his injury but also because now he is a father of two young children.

"Being overseas for six months a year is going to stop," he said. "Going back to Holland is not going to happen."

That does not mean he is about to give up playing abroad.

"I might go back to India, as they have a much shorter program," he said.

Dwyer was delighted with the progress shown by his cousin Matt Gohdes during the Champions Trophy series.

"He played really well," he said. "Now he has to try to make the Olympics.

"He is gaining in confidence and needs to play to his potential, as he has always had the skills."

As for his own form in the recently completed tournament in New Zealand, Dwyer admitted he was very happy with the way things went.

"Goals-wise I was happy to get on the board (seven times)," he said.

"My involvement was pretty high."

Although not taking it for granted, Dwyer sees the Kookaburras as the team to beat in London.

"The other teams are starting to get a bit more aggressive and are trying to play like us," he said.

However the Australian side is loaded with key players whereas the other nations only have one or two and that makes it far easier to nullify their threat.

Following the Olympics Dwyer said he will assess his sporting future.

"I will see how the body is," he said. "I still enjoy going away with the boys."

He also likes the coaching style of Ric Charlesworth.

"Ric is the best coach I have had for a while," he said. "He wants me to keep improving and gives me areas where I can still do better."

Dwyer does not rule out coaching at the end of his playing days.

He and Mark Knowles have set up 1 & 9 Coaching, which is not just hands-on clinics, but also has coaching applications through the internet.

Also working on the national scene as a coach is something he would like to pursue.

"I think I could add value to a team," he said.

Who could argue, as his personal list of achievements will take a long time for others to equal.



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