HAMMOND Robert < Back  
Sport Hockey
CGA Australia   
Gender Men
Born 06 May 1981 in Townsville, AUS
Height1.76 m
Weight 75 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Perth, WA, AUS
Occupation Athlete
Languages English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began playing hockey at age nine.
Why this sport? "My two older brothers and mates played. My neighbourhood was sports mad, and I love team sports."
Club / Team Queensland Blades: Australia
Name of coach Matthew Wells [club], AUS; Graham Reid [national], AUS; Paul Gaudoin [national], AUS
Preferred position / style / stance / technique Midfield
Handedness Left
International Debut
Year 2001
Competing for Australia
Opponent New Zealand
Tournament Junior World Cup
Location Australia
General Interest
Nicknames Rob (Twitter profile, 23 Jul 2013)
Hobbies Surfing. (sportingpulse.com, 04 Feb 2013)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning gold at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, winning the 2010 World Cup in Delhi, India. (ausport.gov.au, 06 Sep 2013; Hockey Australia, 23 Oct 2007)
Most influential person in career His parents, and one of his childhood neighbours. (qld.gov.au, 24 Oct 2007)
Hero / Idol US basketball player Michael Jordan, Australian tennis player Pat Rafter, US surfer Kelly Slater. (sportingpulse.com, 04 Feb 2013; Hockey Australia, 23 Oct 2007)
Injuries He broke his collarbone in a training accident in 2005 and was forced to miss that year's Champions Trophy in Chennai, India. (Hockey Australia, 09 Dec 2005)

He missed the entire 2000 season due to injury. (sportingpulse.com, 04 Feb 2013; Hockey Australia, 20 Jan 2006)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Don't lose the social aspect of the sport." (Hockey Australia, 28 Jun 2004)
Awards and honours He was named the 2005 Australian Hockey League [AHL] Player of the Year. (Hockey Australia, 02 Feb 2006)

He was awarded an Order of Australia Medal [OAM] in 2005 after winning gold at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. (Hockey Australia, 02 Feb 2006)
Other information SURFING ACCIDENT
In May 2013 he almost drowned following a surfing accident in Perth, WA, Australia. He was knocked unconscious and disappeared under the water before he was rescued by a man who had been walking on the beach and other surfers. He spent two days in hospital recovering. "He was lucky someone saw him and some other surfers pulled him out. It's a freaky thing. He had a lung full of sand and water but he's a pretty tough, resilient sort of guy. It's a nasty experience and we're very thankful it wasn't worse," coach of the Australian men's hockey team Ric Charlesworth said. (smh.com.au, 29 May 2013)