Jake Whetton (hockey) has been a mainstay of the national team since Glasgow 2014 where he won the first of three Commonwealth Games gold medals. He has also been part of three World Cup (2014, 2018, 2023) and two Olympic campaigns in Rio 2016 (6th) and Tokyo 2020 (silver).
The Queensland midfielder/forward began playing hockey aged four, following in the footsteps of his parents Tom and Kim in joining local club Eastern Suburbs Tigers in Brisbane. He made his Kookaburras debut against Malaysia in 2011 and was selected in the national development squad ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games but would have to wait another four years before making his Olympic debut. He credits 1976 Olympic silver medal winner Greg Browning as having the strongest influence on his career, while his trademark Zinc cream is a legacy of his admiration for the late Australian cricket star Andrew Symonds.
He and wife Sam are parents to son Felix and daughter Marlee, who choose which colour shoes dad wears on game day.
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Are you a citizen of a country other than Australia? If yes, please provide details?
TAFE, Personal Training, Australian institute of fitness (still studying)
Victoria Park Hockey Club, Perth
Why did you begin your sport?
Parents played and took me and the rest is history - started at age 3
Do you have any pre-competition routines or rituals?
First lap when we warm up with my shoe laces untied (in training and pre game).
What is your most memorable sporting achievement?
Winning 2014 Hockey World Cup - played Holland in Holland and beat them
Who is your hero / idol, and why? Have you ever met them?
Jamie Dwyer - an idol growing up. Mark Knowlles.
Who has been the most influential person or people in your career and why?
Parents - supported me in everything
Do you have any hobbies away from your sport?
Take the dogs to the beach.
What is your sporting ambition?
Represent Australia in as many games as possible.