Eddie Ockenden is set to make his third Olympic appearance with his selection in the men’s hockey team, looking to add a gold medal to his two Beijing and London bronzes.
After a stellar 2015, the Tasmanian was named ‘Kookaburras’ player of the year’, and his on field natural leadership helped the men’s side collect the World League semi-final and final titles, as well as the Oceania Championship.
The midfielder who doubles as a striker made his International debut in 2006, making him one of the most experienced players in the team. Despite not being selected on the 2007 Champions Trophy side, Ockenden fought his way back into the team and was the youngest male hockey player at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
After three professional seasons in the Netherlands playing for Laren, Ockenden captained the side to a 2011 Champions Trophy victory. The 29-year-old was then selected on his second Olympic Team but the Aussie men left disappointed with another bronze medal in two Games.
In 2013, the midfielder became the first Tasmanian to score 50 goals for Australia and was then named ‘Tasmanian Athlete of the Year’ in 2014. Off the pitch, Ockenden likes to embrace the outdoors as much as possible, travelling home to Tasmania to hike, fish and work on his father’s agricultural business in farming. He followed in his mother, Angela’s footsteps playing for the North-West Graduates Hockey Club in Hobart.
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Hobart, TAS, Australia
Hobart, TAS, Australia
- 2012 London - 3rd (hockey) 2008 Beijing - 3rd (hockey)
- 1st – 2016 Champions Trophy (London, England)
- 1st - 2015 World League Final (Raipur, India)
- 1st – 2015 Oceania Cup (Stratford, New Zealand)
- 1st - 2015 World League Semi-Final (Antwerp, Belgium)
- 3rd – 2014 Champions Trophy (Bhubaneswar, India)
- Beijing Olympics
- London Olympics
- World cup winners 2010, 2014
- Mt Stuart Primary school, Hobart Tasmania
- The Friends' school, Hobart Tasmania
Graham Reid 2015 - present
North west grads hockey club, hobart. YMCC, perth
Primary Training Base
- Favourite holiday destination
- Spain, Tasmania
- Dream car
- anything that can drive me to the Tasmanian Lakes
- Star Sign
- If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
- Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
- Mens hockey gold medal Athens 2004
- First Olympic Memory?
- Watching hockey 1996
- Why this sport?
- best people, exciting sport. great competition