GUEST Matthew < Back  
Sport Hockey
CGA Canada   
Gender Men
Born 26 Apr 1985 in Shepparton, AUS
Height1.90 m
Weight 90 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Melbourne, VIC, AUS
Occupation Athlete, Doctor
Languages English
Higher education Medicine - The University of Melbourne: Australia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began playing hockey at age nine at Shepparton Youth Club in Victoria, Australia.
Why this sport? He was influenced by his brother, who already played the sport.
Club / Team Altona Hockey Club: Melbourne, VIC, AUS
Name of coach Ben Newell [club], AUS; Anthony Farry [national], AUS
Coach from which country? Australia
Preferred position / style / stance / technique Forward
International Debut
Year 2008
Competing for Canada
Opponent Great Britain
Location South Africa
General Interest
Nicknames Guesty (ritualhockey.com, 18 Jun 2013)
Hobbies Cricket, house music. (fieldhockey.ca, 17 Oct 2011)
Memorable sporting achievement Scoring three goals in the first match of the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. (fieldhockey.ca, 17 Oct 2011)
Most influential person in career His parents. (fieldhockey.ca, 17 Oct 2011)
Hero / Idol Australia hockey player Matthew Higgins. (fieldhockey.ca, 17 Oct 2011)
Injuries He broke two fingers in May 2013 and was out for two months. (ritualhockey.com, 27 May 2013)
Awards and honours He was named in the Pan American Hockey Federation's 2013 Elite Team. (pushhockey.co.uk, 03 Jul 2014)
Famous relatives His father Bob played U19 and reserve grade Australian rules football for Carlton Football Club in Melbourne, VIC, Australia. (heraldsun.com.au, 03 Nov 2015)
Ambitions To compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Facebook page, 02 Nov 2015)
Other information DOCTOR
He is a doctor in the emergency department of Williamstown Hospital in Victoria, Australia. (heraldsun.com.au, 03 Nov 2015)

CANADA CALL-UP
He was born and raised in Australia, but has an Australian father and a Canadian mother, and holds dual citizenship. He spent a few years of his childhood in Alberta, Canada. As a teenager, he had little interest in representing Canada, but he changed his mind and in 2006 he sent an email to then coach Louis Mendonca, which led to a trial in Vancouver, British Colombia. (Moonee Valley Leader, 06 Jul 2010; chimp.net, 01 Jan 2016)

BAG CHECK
When he was younger, he always forgot to put something important in his kit bag, so now he is an obsessive bag-checker to make sure he has everything. "First at home, before I get on the bus, when I get on the bus, and then just before getting off the bus at the field." (ritualhockey.com, 19 Mar 2016)