DE YOUNG Liam < Back  
Sport Hockey
CGA Australia   
Gender Men
Born 10 Dec 1981 in Brisbane, AUS
Height1.79 m
Weight 75 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Wife Sarah, son Harrison, daughter Sienna
Residence Perth, WA, AUS
Occupation Athlete
Languages English
Higher education Commercial Law, Sports Administration - Curtin University of Technology: Perth, WA, AUS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began playing hockey at age six at primary school in Brisbane, QLD, Australia.
Club / Team Queensland Blades: Australia
Name of coach Matthew Wells [club], AUS; Ric Charlesworth [national], AUS
Preferred position / style / stance / technique Defence
Handedness Right
International Debut
Year 2001
Competing for Australia
Opponent Belgium
Location Belgium
General Interest
Nicknames DY (, 29 Jul 2013)
Hobbies Going to the beach, listening to music, golf, football. (Twitter Profile, 10 Feb 2014;, 04 Feb 2013)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning the gold medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. (, 19 Jan 2006)
Most influential person in career His family. (AIS, 19 Jan 2006)
Hero / Idol Australian rules footballer Jonathan Brown, Swiss tennis player Roger Federer. (, 29 Jul 2013;, 04 Feb 2013)
Injuries He broke his collarbone and suffered from glandular fever in 2002. (Sydney Morning Herald, 05 Jun 2002)

He broke his nose, cheekbone and eye socket at the same time and was out of action for two months. (, 04 Feb 2013)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs He always puts his left shin pad on before his right. (, 04 Feb 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Don't be afraid to make mistakes." (Athlete, 04 Dec 2009)
Awards and honours He was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia [OAM] in 2005 after winning the gold medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. (, 02 Feb 2006)

He was named as the Kookaburras' 2001 Best Young Player. (, 02 Feb 2006)
Ambitions To develop a career in commercial law and sports administration. (, 29 Jul 2013)
Having originally missed selection, the auction for the 2013 Hockey India League [HIL] was reopened after nine Pakistani players left. De Young was bought by the Mumbai Magicians and admits one of the big motivators for playing in the HIL is the money that can be earned. "It's a brand new competition and the world's best players should be there. It's a chance to earn a bit of money playing the game which is a rare opportunity, particularly for us Australians." (, 23 Jan 2013;, 16 Oct 2012)