Olympic hockey stars aim to lift game in Central Queensland
THEY are the legends of Rocky hockey and they are here to sharpen up our locals.
Olympic gold medallists and Rockhampton products Jamie Dwyer and Mark Knowles have returned to their former stomping ground and have big plans for Central Queensland's up-and-coming hockey stars.
Thrilled to be back in the region, Knowles and Dwyer will hit the turf at Kalka Shades tomorrow as they run a renowned "1 & 9 Coaching Clinic''.
Coming off the back of a very successful few months with his Kookaburras and Queensland Blades squads, Dwyer said he was hoping to pass on experience and knowledge to local players.
"It's a good competition here in Rockhampton and they have role models like Knowlesy and myself and Matt Gohdes to look up to so we'll try to give them a bit of experience and knowledge and try to teach them a few things and hopefully they come here and have a good time," Dwyer said.
"Every time we've been back here we've always noticed a few really good young players.
"You look at the Olympic team and there were three Rockhampton guys in there so we had the most people out of any city so we were pretty proud of that."
Knowles said having had experience playing in other places such as Holland and India, his aim this weekend was to pass on some new skills and he was confident of a great time for all.
"We've learnt a few new things ourselves playing over in Holland and India," Knowles said.
"The kids here have grown up knowing about us and it's a fantastic opportunity for them to actually be coached by us.
"It's going to be a coaching clinic that's all about a lot of fun and there's going to be some technical skills about spins and some new things that are coming into hockey.
"Jamie and I love hockey and we're fairly good at it and we want more kids out of the area growing up to be either like us or take our spot in the team."
With participants already registered from Rocky, Gladstone, Mackay, Bundaberg and even as far as Brisbane, spots are in demand. The 12-16 years session is already full.
What: 1 & 9 Coaching Clinic
When: Tomorrow from 3pm
Where: Kalka Shades
Cost: 7-11 years $25, 12-16 years $50
How: Registrations close at 5pm today, register at www.rockhamptonhockey.org