Kenny keen for big year against best

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HOCKEY: Wa­mu­ran’s Jodie Kenny says a fruit­ful re­turn to the top flight has her mo­ti­vated for a big year in the green and gold, with a third Olympic cam­paign not off the cards ei­ther.

After a year away from the sport to start a fam­ily, Kenny stormed back into the Hock­ey­roos squad for the Com­mon­wealth Games and World Cham­pi­onships last year.

It was a re­mark­able ef­fort from the 31-year-old, who also notched up her mile­stone 200th game in the process.

“I wasn’t sure if I was go­ing to get back and to play a Com­mon­wealth Games and world cup and to do well in those tour­na­ments as well is some­thing really spe­cial and I really en­joyed it,” Kenny said. “That’s why I’m con­tin­u­ing on, I was very happy with how 2018 went.”

Sun­shine Coast youth will not only get to hear her sto­ries first-hand but learn new skills too when she joins four-time Olympian Mark Knowles at Bud­erim for a coach­ing clinic this Sun­day.

Kenny said she was keen to share her ex­pe­ri­ences and in­spire ris­ing tal­ent.

“Hope­fully they can learn lots from us as play­ers and we’re hop­ing that they get a lot of skill de­vel­op­ment out of it but also a bit of per­sonal de­vel­op­ment too,” she said.

“Knowlesy and I will hold a bit of a Q&A as part of the coach­ing ses­sion as well so the kids get a chance to in­ter­act with us and ask us lots of ques­tions.”

Aside from this week­end’s clinic, and spend­ing qual­ity time with her son Har­ri­son, Kenny has got plenty of plans for the year ahead with a solid per­for­mance in the in­au­gu­ral FIH Pro League high on the list.

“That’s really ex­cit­ing, it’s a new for­mat and it’s go­ing to have its chal­lenges with all the travel and things that are go­ing to be in­volved but I’m really look­ing for­ward to some­thing dif­fer­ent,” she said.

“I want to just keep bal­anc­ing be­ing a mum and a player too. That’s pretty tough but I’m still really en­joy­ing it.

“I’m really happy with how I’ve been play­ing and how I’ve been con­tribut­ing to the team and I want to con­tinue on with that this year in the pro league and other tour­na­ments we’ve got for 2019.”

A third tilt on the Olympic stage at Tokyo in 2020 was also on her radar.

“I’m just tak­ing ev­ery tour­na­ment as it comes but I would love to do a third Olympics and it’s def­i­nitely not off the cards,” she said.

“I’ve just got to con­tinue work­ing hard and con­tinue to keep bal­anc­ing ev­ery­thing that I’ve got on my plate at the mo­ment.”

The Hock­ey­roos play their first Pro League game on Fe­bru­ary 2 against Nether­lands in Mel­bourne.

To regis­ter for the coach­ing clinic held by Kenny and Knowles this Sun­day, head to 1and9­coach­­ics

– Tom Thread­ing­ham




Photo: Lin­tao Zhang

CLINIC: Jodie Kenny will join Olympian Mark Knowles at Bud­erim for a coach­ing clinic this Sun­day.

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