Eddie Ockenden (hockey) becomes the second Australian player to go to four Commonwealth Games after Mark Knowles. He can also join Knowles as the sport’s only four-time gold medallist in Birmingham. Ockenden, who has played a record of 387 games for Australia, started his Kookaburras career as a striker before moving to the midfield. The four-time Olympian picked up a silver medal in Tokyo as well as bronze medals in Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012. He was named Tasmanian Athlete of the Year in 2010 and 2014. Before his June 2006 Kookaburras’ debut, Eddie worked at his local bakery in Hobart, as well as helping his father’s agricultural business on farms around Tasmania. He started playing hockey after following in the footsteps of his mother Angela who played for North-West Graduates Hockey Club.
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Are you a citizen of a country other than Australia? If yes, please provide details?
YMCC - WA TAS - Northwest graduates
Why did you begin your sport?
Love playing sport, once I started hockey I loved it
Do you have any pre-competition routines or rituals?
Coffee Hanging with the guys
What is your most memorable sporting achievement?
Going to the Olympics and Commonwealth Games
Who has been the most influential person or people in your career and why?
Coaches - Andrew McDonald & Barry Dancer, Ric Charlesworth
Do you have any hobbies away from your sport?
What is your sporting ambition?
To be part of the Australian Team, to be the best we can be