KNOWLES Mark < Back  
Sport Hockey
CGA Australia   
Gender Men
Born 10 Mar 1984 in Rockhampton, AUS
Height1.83 m
Weight 73 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Wife Kelly, son Flynn, son Luca, daughter Frankie
Residence Perth, WA, AUS
Occupation Athlete, Business Owner, Coach
Languages English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began playing hockey in 1988 in Rockhampton, QLD, Australia.
Why this sport? His parents, brother and sister got him interested in the sport.
Name of coach Graham Reid [national], AUS
Preferred position / style / stance / technique Defender
Handedness Right
International Debut
Year 2004
Competing for Australia
General Interest
Nicknames Knowlesy, General (Hockey Australia, 27 Jan 2010; rio2016.olympics.com.au, 01 Jan 2016)
Most influential person in career His father. (rio2016.olympics.com.au, 01 Jan 2016)
Hero / Idol Australian rules footballer Michael Voss, Wales footballer Ryan Giggs, Australia cricketer Ricky Ponting. (Athlete, 04 Dec 2009; Hockey Australia, 20 Jan 2006)
Injuries He played the entire tournament at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland with a foot injury. He missed three months in 2011 after injuring his foot in a match against Spain, and damaged ligaments in his foot in 2006. (hockeyvictoria.org, 12 Oct 2011; themercury.com.au, 02 May 2015; thenewdaily.com.au, 31 Aug 2015)

He tore ligaments in his ankle in October 2013, and missed six weeks. He also injured his ankle in 2010, and spent 10 weeks in a cast after breaking his ankle in 2003, and missed four months. (olympics.com.au, 18 Jun 2012; thenewdaily.com.au, 31 Aug 2015; themorningbulletin.com.au, 09 Oct 2013)

He had surgery on a hernia in 2007, and on his knee in 2005. (thenewdaily.com.au, 31 Aug 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Remember, someone is always watching." (rio2016.olympics.com.au, 01 Jan 2016)
Awards and honours He was named International Hockey Federation [FIH] Player of the Year in 2014, and was also nominated for the award in 2013 and 2015. He won the FIH Young Player of the Year award in 2007. (themercury.com.au, 02 May 2015; hockey.org.au, 01 Mar 2015, fih.ch, 16 Jul 2016)

He received the Player of the Tournament award at the 2014 World Cup in the Netherlands. (themercury.com.au, 02 May 2015)

He was named as Hockey Australia's Player of the Year in 2012 and 2014. (themercury.com.au, 02 May 2015; themorningbulletin.com.au, 09 Oct 2013)

He was Australia's flag bearer at the Closing Ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. (mercury.com.au, 02 May 2015)

He was awarded the Order of Australia Medal [OAM] in 2005 after winning gold at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. (Hockey Australia, 02 Feb 2006)
Famous relatives Both of his parents played hockey at state level in Australia. His brother-in-law Jamie Dwyer has also represented Australia in hockey at international level, and his cousin Regan Harrison competed in athletics at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. (au.news.yahoo.com, 22 Jun 2016; sportingpulse.com, 25 Jun 2010; themorningbulletin.com.au, 16 Mar 2010; Queensland Swimming, 26 Jul 2004)
Other information WARRIORS
He has played for the Jaypee Punjab Warriors in the professional Hockey India League. (sports.ndtv.com, 11 Aug 2015; hockey.org.au, 23 Feb 2016)

COACHING
He set up the company 1&9 Coaching with Australia teammate and brother-in-law Jamie Dwyer in 2007. The company offers coaching clinics to young people in Australia. (1and9coaching.com, 14 Aug 2013; The Australian, 10 Dec 2007)