SWANN Matthew < Back  
Sport Hockey
CGA Australia   
Gender Men
Born 16 May 1989 in Mackay, AUS
Height1.70 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Perth, WA, AUS
Occupation Accountant, Athlete
Languages English
Higher education Accounting, Commerce, Finance - Curtin University: Perth, WA, AUS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He took up hockey at age six in Mackay, QLD, Australia.
Why this sport? He used to go to hockey training with his sisters. "One day I picked up one of their sticks and began playing."
Club / Team Brisbane Blaze: Australia
Name of coach Troy Elder [club]; Colin Batch [national]
Preferred position / style / stance / technique Defender
Handedness Right
International Debut
Year 2009
Competing for Australia
Opponent Malaysia
Location Malaysia
General Interest
Nicknames Swanny, Diggity, Dog, Hotdog (hockey.org.au, 25 Nov 2011)
Memorable sporting achievement Being part of the teams that won the 2010 and 2014 World Cups, golds at the 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games, golds at the 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 Champions Trophy tournaments, and bronze at the 2012 Olympic Games. (mazonhockey.com, 26 Apr 2016)
Most influential person in career Australian hockey player Dean Butler. (hockey.org.au, 19 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol Australian hockey player Dean Butler. (mazonhockey.com, 26 Apr 2016)
Injuries He missed the 2015 edition of the Hockey India League due to a stress fracture in his left leg. (hockey.org.au, 06 Dec 2015)

Stress fractures in both his shins, and a hamstring tear during his recovery kept him out of the sport for about nine months before he returned to international hockey against New Zealand in April 2014. (dailymercury.com.au, 16 Apr 2014)

He strained his hamstring prior to the 2010 World Cup and was only selected for the squad after passing a fitness test. He then missed most of the tournament after sustaining ankle ligament damage in Australia's second match against India. (dailymercury.com.au, 17 Mar 2010)

He injured his groin in May 2009. (Daily Mercury, 02 Dec 2009)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs He tries to have a sleep before a match, then prepares with the team while listening to music. Until early 2014 he wore a yellow headband when playing, which was given to him by Australia player Luke Doerner. As a junior he waited until he lost a game to wash his uniform, thinking it was bad luck to wash a winning shirt. (coremag.com.au, 02 Mar 2012; hockey.org.au, 06 Dec 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto "If you don't do it 100% then it's not worth doing." (qasport.qld.gov.au, 25 Oct 2011)
Awards and honours He was named joint winner [with Australia teammate Simon Orchard] of the 2014 Curtin University Sportsman of the Year award. (life.curtin.edu.au, 09 Nov 2015)

He received the 2011 World Young Player of the Year award from the International Hockey Federation [FIH]. (hockey.org.au, 10 Dec 2011; hockey.org.au, 06 Dec 2015)
Ambitions To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (Daily Mercury, 02 Jun 2018)
Other information TAKING A BREAK
In January 2018 he decided to take a four-month break from the international team causing him to miss the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. He made the decision for personal reasons and with the 2018 World Cup in Bhubaneswar, India, and the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020 in mind. "It was very difficult and I didn't make the decision overnight. I spoke with the coaches in January and had my longevity in mind with major events coming up over the following two years. Also, moving to Perth and having got married I felt it was the best decision." (Daily Mercury, 02 Jun 2018)