DWYER Jamie < Back  
Sport Hockey
CGA Australia   
Gender Men
Born 12 Mar 1979 in Rockhampton, AUS
Height1.72 m
Weight 68 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Wife Leoni Doornbos, sons Julian and Taj, one daughter
Residence Perth, WA, AUS
Occupation Athlete
Languages Dutch, English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began playing hockey at age four in Rockhampton, QLD, Australia.
Why this sport? He was influenced by his parents, who both played the sport.
Club / Team Queensland Blades: Australia
Name of coach Michael Evans [club]; Graham Reid [national], AUS
Training Regime He has two heavy training sessions per week, which he supplements with cycling, stretching and pilates.
Preferred position / style / stance / technique Forward
International Debut
Year 2001
Competing for Australia
Opponent New Zealand
Location Australia
General Interest
Nicknames Foetus, King, Jimbo (jdhockey.co, 03 Apr 2016)
Hobbies Playing golf. (hockey.org.au, 06 Dec 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning gold at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, and the 2010 and 2014 World Cups. (hockey.org.au, 16 Jun 2013; jdhockey.co, 03 Apr 2016)
Hero / Idol Swiss tennis player Roger Federer. (olympics.com.au, 14 Sep 2013)
Injuries He missed four months at the end of 2014 due to a foot injury. (theguardian.com, 26 Mar 2015)

In April 2011 he missed three months after sustaining cartilage damage in his left knee playing for HC Bloemendaal in the Netherlands. (allhockey.com.au, 03 Nov 2011)

He required reconstructive knee surgery after injuring it during the 2003 Champions Trophy. He returned to the Australia team in 2004. (hockey.org.au, 20 Apr 2004)
Sporting philosophy / motto "You need to have a gameplan, you need to be fit and fast enough to last the duration. You don't have to do anything fancy to succeed in hockey. Top teams like Germany, Australia and the Netherlands are very strong in their basic skills." (ndtv.com, 30 Jan 2014)

"Don't die wondering." (olympics.com.au, 14 Sep 2013)
Awards and honours In 2011 he became the first man to be named World Player of the Year five times. He also won the award in 2004, 2007, 2009 and 2010. (hockey.org.au, 19 Jun 2013)

He was named 2009 Australian Player of the Year. (jamiedwyer.com, 10 Jul 2012)

He was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia [OAM] in 2005, after being part of the Australia team that won gold at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. (hockey.org.au, 02 Feb 2006)

He was named the World Junior Player of the Year in 2002. (hockey.org.au, 13 Nov 2010)
Famous relatives His sister Jill has also represented Australia at hockey, as has his cousin Matt Gohdes. (perthnow.com.au, 09 Feb 2011; olympics.com.au, 14 Sep 2013)
Ambitions To compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, spend some time with his family after retiring from hockey, then move in to coaching. (theguardian.com, 26 Mar 2015; zeenews.india.com, 29 Nov 2015)
Other information JDH
He owns his own hockey brand, Jamie Dwyer Hockey [JDH], which manufactures hockey sticks and bags. "I have always dreamed of making my own sticks and now with JDH I can, which is awesome. I love being able to use my knowledge about hockey and making the best possible stick in the world." He is also the director of the coaching companies JDH Academy, DwyerOnline and 1&9 Coaching. (jdhacademy.com, 19 Dec 2012; jdhockey.co, LinkedIn profile, 03 Apr 2016)

HOCKEY INDIA LEAGUE
He played in the 2014, 2015 and 2016 editions of the professional Hockey India League, for the Punjab Warriors in 2014 and 2015, and the Uttar Pradesh Wizards in 2016. (thestatesman.com, 06 Feb 2016; dnaindia.com, 18 Feb 2016)

RETIREMENT
He considered retiring from international competition after Australia won the 2014 World Cup in The Hague, Netherlands, but after a break of almost nine months and a conversation with Australia's new coach Graham Reid, he returned to international action at the 2015 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Malaysia. He now plans to retire after the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (theguardian.com, 26 Mar 2015; abc.net.au, 06 Apr 2015)

DREAM
His extra-time golden goal at the 2004 Olympic Games final gave Australia their first ever Olympic Games men's hockey title. "No words can describe how I felt when that ball hit the back of the net. The best feeling I have ever felt in my entire life. To get that goal was unbelievable. I think we deserved the game, but that last goal was just a dream come true." (abc.net.au, 28 Apr 2004)

EARLY DAYS
As a boy he was offered a cricket scholarship in Brisbane, QLD, Australia, but turned it down to focus on hockey. (jdhockey.co, 06 Sep 2013)