TURNER Glenn < Back  
Sport Hockey
CGA Australia   
Gender Men
Born 01 May 1984 in Bowral, AUS
Height1.79 m
Weight 82 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Daughter Bodhi, and son Harlen
Residence Goulburn, NSW, AUS
Occupation Athlete
Languages English
Higher education Engineering - University of Queensland: Brisbane, QLD, AUS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began playing hockey at age five in Bowral, NSW, Australia.
Why this sport? He began playing hockey as a result of a bet his father made with a neighbour. His father played rugby league, while the neighbour played hockey, and they agreed that their sons would play the sport of whoever's team finished higher in their league the season the bet was made.
Club / Team Goulburn Hockey Club: Australia
Name of coach Graham Reid [national], AUS
Coach from which country? Australia
Preferred position / style / stance / technique Forward
Handedness Right
International Debut
Year 2009
Competing for Australia
Opponent France
Location Paris, FRA
General Interest
Nicknames GT, Groove, Bangers (hockey.org.au, 06 Dec 2015)
Hobbies Reading, supporting the South Sydney Rabbitohs rugby league team. (hockey.org.au, 06 Dec 2015)
Most influential person in career Coach Anthony Farry. (Athlete, 04 Dec 2009)
Hero / Idol Swiss tennis player Roger Federer. (Athlete, 04 Dec 2009)
Injuries He missed the 2016 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Malaysia as he was still recovering from a groin injury. (hockey.org.au, 17 Mar 2016)

A shoulder injury forced him to miss the 2015 Australian Hockey League, then later in the year a problem with his pectoral muscle kept him out of Australia's squad for the 2014/15 World League semifinal tournament in Antwerp, Belgium. (canberratimes.com.au, 18 Sep 2015; yabba.guru, 07 Oct 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Never give up." (olympics.com.au, 18 Jun 2012)
Famous relatives His grandfather Kevin Turner played rugby league for South Sydney in Australia. (Athlete, 04 Dec 2009)
Ambitions To win the gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (smh.com.au, 23 Jul 2015)
Other information LYCAN HOCKEY
He is the co-owner, with fellow Australia player Tim Deavin, of Lycan Hockey, which produces hockey sticks, accessories and apparel. (yabba.guru, 07 Oct 2015; lycanhockey.com, 26 Apr 2016)

HOCKEY INDIA LEAGUE
He played for the Kalinga Lancers in the 2016 edition of the professional Hockey India League [HIL]. He has also played for other HIL teams, the Mumbai Magicians and Dabang Mumbai. (smh.com.au, 24 Dec 2013; hockeywa.org.au, 18 Jan 2016)

CONFRONTING
At one point during the 2013 edition of the HIL, while he was playing for the Mumbai Magicians, he and his team were forced to hide in the changing rooms following protests from an angry mob of supporters who were unhappy at the involvement of Pakistani players in the competition. "It was pretty confronting, we could hear them outside. At first I just thought it was the crowd at the cricket, which was right next door, then they let the group's leaders in, which was scary, but as soon as they saw the Pakistan guys had gone, they left." (smh.com.au, 24 Dec 2013)

STUDIES
He took a break from an engineering degree at the University of Queensland in Australia to concentrate on his hockey career. (hockey.org.au, 06 Dec 2015)