Cairns Hockey is excited to host a Kookaburra legend – Mark Knowles on Monday afternoon 25th June 2018 at Cairns Hockey Facility North Cairns
Mark will be delivering a series of specialized hockey clinics and working with local coaches during his brief opportunity in Cairns.
Monday 25th June 2018

  • 3.00 Arrive Cairns Hockey Association
  • 3.30 5.00 Under 13 Boys/Girls – coaching sessions on Rainforest Turf
  • 5.15 5.45 Media and Photos/Autographs
  • 5.45 7.15 Under 18 Boys/Girls Invitation Only
  • 7.30 8.15 Coaches Workshop

Under 13 Clinics

Under 13’s This is a participation clinic and will be open to boys and girls 13 and Under and will be managed through Mark’s 1&9 Coaching. Local coaches will assist depending on numbers

Under 13 Girls and Boys are welcome to register directly   Cost $40.00 per person



Under 18 Invitation Clinic

Mark has requested that Under 18’s be a specialized clinic for our Under 18 Representatives Teams. Invitations will be sent within the next 2 days.   Cost $40.00per person


Coaches Q&A

Mark has generously agreed to share some time for a Q&A with interested coaches

Please register by completing the registration form  Cost $20.00 per person

Coaching Invitation

Media Times

Please contact David McNeil 0419787545 to organize interview times.

Mark Knowles
Fast Facts
Nickname Knowlesy
Year Born 1984
State Born QLD
Sports Hockey
Events Hockey – Men
1 Gold 0 Silver 2 Bronze

Mark Knowles made his fourth appearance in the men’s Olympic hockey team in Rio, captaining the side with years of experience. The veteran announced his retirement from the sport in April 2018 after claiming Commonwealth Games gold on the Gold Coast.
The Aussie Olympic campaign kicked off with a 2-1 win over trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand but despite starting strong, the side then suffered back-to-back 1-0 losses to Spain and Belgium. Determined to claim their third straight Olympic medal, the Aussies then secured a 2-1 win over Great Britain and a 9-0 victory over Brazil, setting themselves up for a quarter-final clash against the number 2 ranked side, the Netherlands. The Aussies quickly saw their hopes of a gold medal fade as the Dutch secured a 4-0 win, knocking the favourites out of the Olympic competition.
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 (alongside Jamie Dwyer) 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 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.
For further information, contact:
Julie McNeil, Operations Manager, Cairns Hockey Association
Mob: 0418880147 Email:
Issued by: Cairns Hockey Association Inc

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