Matthew Swann

  • Country

    Australia - Kookaburras

  • Key Skill

    Tackling and Counter Attacks

  • Stick

    BlackMagic Eagle

What age did you start playing hockey?

5 years old

How many hours do you train a week?

30+ Hours a week

What are your future goals and targets?

Rio 2016 Olympics

Why do you like Mazon?

I have used Mazon since I was 15 years old and I have liked the design of the sticks and the famous Z.

Who is your hockey idol?

Dean Butler – Similar position and a good role model.

What is your best moment (so far) as a hockey player?

Being apart of the 2010, 2014 winning world cup teams, 2010, 2014 winning Commonwealth Games teams, 2009,2010,2011,2012 winning Champions Trophy team and the Bronze medal winning team at London Olympics.

What things outside hockey have helped you improve as a hockey player (Yoga, running, swimming etc) ?

Study has helped me improve as a hockey player, creating a good balance in your life I believe is very important. Playing all different codes of sport when I was younger also made me a stronger hockey player as I grew older.

How do you deal with nerves before a big game?

I remember all the preparation that got me to this point and that what I am about to do isn’t any different from what I have been practicing.

Have you got any advice for younger players coming through??

Always enjoy your sport and for all aspiring young players that if it were easy, it wouldn’t be worth doing.