Travis Neil Brooks OAM

Travis Brooks  or ‘Brooksy’ picked  up his first hockey stick at the tender age of four, beginning a long association with the Waverley Hockey  Club in Melbourne. However it was  in 2003,  when  he made his international debut in field hockey, representing the Australian Kookaburras  in Canberra.   Travis,  a tall athletic  striker,  went on to play on all the big international hockey stages including  the World Cup, Commonwealth Games and  the Olympics.  At the 2004 Athens Olympics  Travis not only achieved his life-long dream of winning an Olympic gold medal alongside the Kookaburras, but he was  recognised as a pivotal role in their victory against the Netherlands. Two minutes into the second half of the final it was  Travis who set the team on the road to gold, scoring a brilliant goal and  bringing the scores level to one-all. As a result the Kookaburras were  able  to break through and  win during the game’s sudden-death overtime. Travis again competed at Olympic level in the 2008  Beijing Olympics, where the Kookaburras won a bronze medal. Following the Beijing Olympics,  Travis retired  from international hockey with 51 goals from 143 international matches. As well as pursuing his professional hockey career, Travis completed a Bachelor of Computing at Monash University.  He lives in Melbourne and  remains actively  involved with the Waverley Hockey  Club. He also  currently  runs  a website designed for field hockey enthusiasts, to provide  expert advice and  opinions on all the relevant issues. Travis is currently  a senior analyst at Deloitte Australia. He hopes to have a successful career in IT and  have his own business one  day.

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