Versatile New South Wales talent Dylan Martin is the sole new player named in Australia’s men’s hockey team, the Kookaburras, as they prepare for the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics next year.
The 22-year-old NSWIS athlete was part of this year’s National Development Squad and excelled against Australian hockey’s best talent at the recent National Super Camp in Perth.
He was also a standout in the all-conquering NSW Pride team during last year’s Sultana Bran Hockey One team and was named the Player of the Tournament at the 2019 Australian Under 21 Championships.
Coach of the NSW Pride and Head Coach of the NSW Institute of Sport’s Hockey Men’s Program, Brent Livermore, congratulated Martin on his selection.
“For Dylan there has been a positive out of this disrupted year and, with the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics, he has taken his opportunity” said Livermore.
“Dylan has made the most of the past 12 months off the back an impressive Hockey One campaign with us at the NSW Pride.
“He has maintained a strong focus in his on and off field development and put this into practice throughout the year.
“Patience, readiness and timing have been key for his progression into the Kookaburras squad, and he deserves congratulations on his efforts.”
Kookaburras Head Coach Colin Batch said Martin’s hockey attributes will further strengthen a squad list that is already bursting with world class quality.
“Dylan (Martin) is strong technically, physically he is very good, and he is a smart player who can play in a number of different positions for us,” said Batch.
“His selection provides additional balance to our playing positions, particularly in defence, and he will certainly challenge others in the squad to lift their level even higher.”
“We have a lot of excellent players in this squad and breaking into the Kookaburras team isn’t easy.”