Young-gun Matthew Dawson is set to make his Olympic debut at Rio after being selected in the ‘hungry for gold’ men’s hockey team.
Dawson’s hockey journey began at eight-years-old, following in his sister’s footsteps, on the Central Coast of NSW. The son of former Australian cricketer Trish Dawson then continued his hockey development in Newcastle from 13.
Dawson joined teammate Blake Govers as one of the youngsters of the team at the prestigious World League final in 2015, netting his drag flick in the final against Belgium to secure Australia gold.
The 22-year-old was a member of the Australian U21 team, the Burras, at the 2013 Junior World Cup in Delhi, benefiting from the personal mentorship of Kookaburras captain Mark Knowles in the lead up to the event.
The defender set his sights on being selected in the senior Australian team, something he earned as a result of strong performances at the 2014 Australian Hockey League and U21 Australian Championships. Ahead of his debut against India, he received his first Australian jersey from former number six and Olympic gold medal winner Rob Hammond.
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Gosford, NSW, Australia
Killarney Vale, NSW, Australia
- Rio 2016 will be Olympic debut.
- 1st – 2016 Champions Trophy (London, England)
- 1st - 2015 World League Final (Raipur, India)
- 1st – 2015 Oceania Cup Stratford, New Zealand)
- 3rd – 2014 Champions Trophy (Bhubaneswar, India)