RIO WILL BE THE FOURTH OLYMPICS FOR HOCKEYROOS CAPTAIN JAMIE DWYER. THE 37-YEAR- OLD CHAMP SPOKE TO Men’s Style AT THE LAUNCH OF SPORTSCRAFT’S OFFICIAL AUSTRALIAN TEAM UNIFORM.
Four Olympic s, Jamie – you’d have t o be c onsidered f lagbearer ma terial, wouldn’t you? Maybe, I’m not sure. My name popped up last Olympics so I’m guessing it may do so again this time. Maybe it will be [cyclist] Anna Meares … and I think a couple may have gone to five Olympics. If it is me, I’d be honoured and I’d love to do it but if not, that’s also OK. One g old and t wo bronze from your previous Game s – what do you remember of them? That it’s obviously not easy to win an Olympic Gold Medal! One thing I’ve taken out of all the Games I’ve been to is how they’re all completely dierent. Little things happen on and o the field that change the atmosphere of the event. Athens was spread out and had a very relaxed feel and then four years later in China, I was expecting the same but it was completely dierent – really condensed and structured. Each Olympics has been unique and I’m expecting Rio will be as well. On the field, I’m looking forward to challenging myself and seeing how good I can be and seeing how good the team can be on the bigger stage. I’m also looking forward to being in the village, people watching, seeing famous people… it’s always a great place to be. What ar e you expecting onc e there? The climate will be to our advantage and I think we’ll go in as the fittest team in the world. If we are, we’ll be ahead. I’ve never been to Rio so I’m a little unsure about what it will be like. My main concerns are the travel from the Village to the ground and our training facility is even further away so we’re just trying to prepare for those little things… How ar e you, ph ysically speaking? I pay a lot of attention to my body these days. I’m 37 and really shouldn’t be running as fast as I did at 22, but I am, fortunately. I did a beep test recently and I’m as fit as I was 10 years ago. I’ve just got to make sure that I manage my body. The [coaches] have asked me to rest at times but I’ve said no, let’s go for it. Everything I eat, everything I drink, yoga, stretching, rolling... everything I do is for this Olympic Games. How doe s the c omposition of the team shape up ? We’re more on the experienced side. We’ve got some great young players coming through but whether they’ll be picked for the Olympics, I’m not too sure. We were about the oldest side two years ago at the World Cup and we did really well there. I don’t do the cause any favours.
Do the usual suspe cts shape as your main riv als? Definitely. Germany, Holland, Belgium and Great Britain are the main threats, and then you have teams like Argentina and India who’ve improved a lot and are thereabouts. How doe s the of ficial uniform by Spor tscraft suit you? I really like it. I like the TOMS shoes and the Sportscraft jacket’s always special. Once you get this with the crest on it and your name inside, it’s serious. It means business… Are you fashion- conscious? I am little bit… but now I’ve had three kids it’s not as easy. I try to be. Hockey r emains out of the mainstream as a spor t in Australia – doe s tha t frus trate you a t time s? It does a bit. We haven’t [as a sport] found our place yet, where we sit, our style. We’ve got a unique sport in which men and women are equally involved and we should use that to our advantage. Obviously the non-olympic sports get hugely publicised in the media but hockey, while the numbers are still strong, I’d like to see it grow a bit more. We’ve just got to find our space in the market and create a family and fun atmosphere, which I think we could do a better job of. You’ve had t o travel the world to make a living fr om it – is tha t a double- edged sword? For sure. Then again, if I hadn’t done that I wouldn’t have met my wife and had three kids so it was a good thing for me and I made the most of my opportunities. But there’s no place like Australia and I just wish we had a better competition here which also attracted Indians and Europeans to come over here and play. Last Olympic s? Yep. This is it. See more images of Sportscraft’s o cial Olympic Australian team uniform at mensstyle. com.au