After being selected for all 2015 international tournaments, Matt Ghodes will form a vital component to the men’s hockey forward line in his second Olympic appearance at Rio.
Gohdes, also known as ‘Goat’, watched his idols - fellow Rockhampton players Jamie Dwyer and Mark Knowles compete at the Beijing Olympics and was inspired to realise his own Olympic dream. Proving that hockey talent runs in his family, Gohdes is Dwyer's younger cousin. As a junior, Gohdes won gold for Australia at the 2009 Australian Youth Olympic Festival.
After competing in his first major international tournament at the 2010 Azlan Shah Cup, Gohdes broke through in 2011 when he was given the opportunity to prove his worth at the World Cup after injuries forced out a number of key senior players.
Gohdes was one of the star performers at the 2011 Champions Trophy, scoring one of the goals of the tournament that marked the team's unprecedented fourth consecutive title win. The Queenslander has since marked up nearly 150 international caps for the green and gold.
Along with fellow Aussies Mark Knowles, Simon Orchard, Jake Whetton and Tristan Clemons he won the 2016 Coal Hockey India League title with the Jaypee Punjab Warriors. Off the field, Ghodes likes spending time with his wife Jill and off-roading in Perth.
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Rockhampton, QLD, Australia
Perth, WA, Australia
- 2012 London - 3rd (hockey)
- 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)
- 1st – 2014 Commonwealth Games (Glasgow, Scotland)
- Making my first Olympic Team for London 2012
- Winning the 2014 world cup.
- Mount Archer Primary (QLD, Australia)
- North Rockhampton High School (QLD, Australia)
Primary Training Base
- Favourite food
- Favourite holiday destination
- Favourite music
- Chilled out music
- Dream car
- 79 series dual cab cruiser
- Personal Motto
- Train like there is always someone watching
- Star Sign
- I would spend my last $10 on
- If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
- 100m sprint