Mark Knowles

Mark Knowles

Hockey Schedule & Results

(Local) / 06:00 PM 14 Aug (Rio)
Men's Quarterfinal

4 (Won)

0 (Lost)

Netherlands

Australia


Mark Knowles


(Local) / 08:30 PM 12 Aug (Rio)
Men's Pool A

9 (Won)

0 (Lost)

Australia

Brazil


Mark Knowles


(Local) / 08:30 PM 10 Aug (Rio)
Men's Pool A

1 (Lost)

2 (Won)

Great Britain

Australia


Mark Knowles


(Local) / 08:30 PM 9 Aug (Rio)
Men's Pool A

1 (Won)

0 (Lost)

Belgium

Australia


Mark Knowles


(Local) / 08:30 PM 7 Aug (Rio)
Men's Pool A

0 (Lost)

1 (Won)

Australia

Spain


Mark Knowles


(Local) / 01:30 PM 6 Aug (Rio)
Men's Pool A

2 (Won)

1 (Lost)

Australia

New Zealand


Mark Knowles


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Athlete Biography

Mark Knowles will make his fourth appearance in the men’s Olympic hockey team, on the hunt to replicate his Games debut where he walked away with the gold medal.

Having played for the Kookaburras since 2004, Knowles has gained significant experience at the highest level that has seen him become one of only two players that will take the field in Rio as part of his fourth consecutive Olympic Games. The Rockhampton born veteran was also crowned ‘International Player of the Year’ in 2014.

Knowles, the captain of the team, made his international debut in 2004 and at 20 years of age became the youngest in the team to win Olympic gold when Australia defeated the Netherlands in the final to claim their first ever Olympic title.

He became a Kookaburras regular and in 2007 he won the World's Best Young Player award. He returned to Olympic competition in Beijing but could not help Australia reach the final to defend their Olympic title as the team eventually finished with bronze. The same occurred in London where the side frustratingly brought home their second Olympic bronze medal.

He was a part of the 2010 and 2014 World Cup winning side and has three Commonwealth Games gold medals to his name. He has since neared 275 caps for his country with a second Olympic gold in his sights. Throughout his career he has also claimed five Champions Trophy titles. Knowles married Jamie Dwyer's younger sister Kelly in 2010.

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Olympic Information

  • 2012 London - 3rd 2008 Beijing - 3rd 2004 Athens - 1st

Recent Performances

  • 1st - 2015 World League Final (Raipur, India)
  • 1st – 2015 Oceania Cup Stratford, New Zealand)
  • 1st - 2015 World League Semi-Final (Antwerp, Belgium)
  • 1st – 2014 Commonwealth Games (Glasgow, Scotland)
  • 1st – 2014 World Cup (The Hague, Netherlands)

Career Highlights

  • Winning the the Olympic Games gold medal in Athens, 2004.
  • World Cup Gold Medal 2010 & 2014
  • 3 x Commonwealth Games Gold Medal 2006, 2010, 2014

Education

  • Primary
    Frenchville Primary School (QLD, Australia)
  • Secondary
    North Rockhampton High School (QLD, Australia)

Training

  • Coach
    Graham Reid (2014 - current)
  • Primary Training Base
    Perth, Australia

Q&A

Favourite food
Fresh Prawns
Favourite holiday destination
Byron Bay
Favourite music
Vance Joy
Dream car
Range Rover Sport
Personal Motto
Remember someone's always watching
Star Sign
Pisces
I would spend my last $10 on
Coffee and carrot cake
Tattoos/Piercings
1. Olympic Rings on left shoulder 2. 'Courage to succeed' on rib cage
If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
Triathlon
Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
Catchy Freeman 2000
First Olympic Memory?
1992 Olympic Games hockey
Most Influential person in your career/life
Father
Why this sport?
Family sport