ABBOTT Des < Back  
Sport Hockey
CGA Australia   
Gender Men
Born 10 Jan 1986 in Darwin, AUS
Height1.84 m
Weight 87 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 started playing at age six in Darwin, Australia.
Why this sport? His family introduced him to the sport.
Club / Team Territory Stingers: Darwin, NT, AUS
Name of coach Joe Kelly [club], Ric charlesworth [national]
Coach from which country? Australia
Preferred position / style / stance / technique Forward
International Debut
Year 2007
Competing for Australia
Opponent Netherlands
Location Canberra, ACT
General Interest
Nicknames Wiz, Des (hockey.org.au, 13 March 2010)
Hobbies Watching films, listening to music, table tennis. (hockey.org.au, 12 Jun 2008)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning the bronze medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. (ausport.gov.au, 28 Nov 2011)
Most influential person in career His parents. (Athlete, 04 Dec 2009)
Hero / Idol US basketballer Michael Jordan and Australian rules footballer Andrew McLeod. (hockey.org.au, 07 Sep 2010; NOC, 31 Jul 2008)
Injuries He suffered a knee injury playing club hockey in early 2011. He returned to the Australian team in October 2011. (abc.net.au, 12 Oct 2011)

He underwent a hernia operation in late 2007 and was sidelined for three months. (NOC, 31 Jul 2008)

He suffered from osteitis pubis in 2006, but after taking a break after a hernia operation in 2007 the problem began to heal. (NOC, 31 Jul 2008)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Don't be afraid of success." (hockey.org.au, 07 Sep 2010)
Awards and honours He was named Northern Territory Sportsperson of the Year in 2009 and 2011. (newsroom.nt.gov.au, 25 Mar 2011)
Famous relatives His cousin Joel Carroll has represented Australia in hockey. His cousin Travis Carroll has represented Australia at junior level. (theaustralian.com.au, 27 Jan 2010)

His cousin Dwayne has competed in the Australian Hockey League. (ntnews.com.au, 12 Jan 2010)
Ambitions To win an Olympic gold medal. (ausport.gov.au, 28 Nov 2011)