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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