Kenny keen for big year against best
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 1and9coaching.com/clinics
– Tom Threadingham
I’M PRETTY MUCH JUST TAKING EVERY TOURNAMENT AS IT COMES BUT I WOULD LOVE TO DO A THIRD OLYMPICS.
CLINIC: Jodie Kenny will join Olympian Mark Knowles at Buderim for a coaching clinic this Sunday.