Kieran Govers and Jake Whetton

Kieran Govers

Kieran Govers Kieran Govers with Champions Trophy 2012

Kieran Govers, a 26 year old from Wollongong, New South Wales, is at the peak of his career. He holds his head high and displays endless amounts of Aussie pride as he represents the sport he loves and wears the green and gold proudly as a Kookaburras player.

Making his international debut in 2010, Kieran is a valuable asset within the Australian squad. To date he has played in, and won, three Champions Trophies (2010, 2011, 2012), won gold at the 2010 World Cup in Delhi, India as well as receiving the chance to represent Australia at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

From a young age Kieran showed an interest towards hockey, sitting on the side line of the hockey field supporting and cheering on his father and older brother who also played in their local home town.

Kieran has amazing motivation and determination to succeed as can been seen through his playing more than 80 matches, and his contribution of more than 40 goals, over the last four years.

He highlights his journey and experience as a "dream come true", giving him a taste of what to expect in the coming years with major tournaments on the horizon. Kieran reflects on the unforgettable memory of being able to play in front of, and alongside, family, friends and team mates at the London Olympics.

As an elite athlete at the peak of his career, Kieran sets the bar at a high standard guaranteeing he never falls into the category of being comfortable within his training, constantly pushing his fitness to the limits while chasing 2014 dreams in order to spur himself on.

His yearly ambitions for 2014 are to earn selection for the 2014 World Cup held at The Hague, Netherlands in May, as well as the Commonwealth Games later this year in Glasgow.

Jake Whetton

Jake Whetton, aged 22 from Brisbane, Queensland, is a valuable contributor to the Australian Kookaburras where for the past three years he has held a key position as a forward.

Jake Whetton Jake Whetton celebrates at the world league finals 2014

Whetton first made his international debut for Australia in 2011.

Hockey made up a large portion of Jake's childhood. He gives credit for his success to his hockey-playing parents and their continual support and encouragement for him to succeed. There was an instant connection when Jake picked up the hockey stick for the first time down at his local hockey club in Brisbane, with some saying it was a match made in heaven.

Being part of the Kookaburras for the past three years, Jake has featured in nearly 50 matches, scoring a goal in almost every other match he has played in his short international career to date.

He ranks making his debut for Australia and winning his first ever gold medal, both at the prestigious Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Malaysia, as two of his ultimate achievements to date.

The Kookaburras' 2014 calendar of events puts forward a busy year with major tournaments coming thick and fast. Jake being a talented young player states his ambitions for the year:

"This is set to be a big year with many major tournaments on the schedule. It's important to set myself personal goals to generate motivation and determination in order to strive to successfully achieve them. I hope to make the team for all tournaments however, my main points of focus are on the World Cup in The Hague and the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow."

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