Mark Knowles OAM
VIP Guest Speaker
Knowlesy is a Central QLD boy from Rockhampton. He made his fourth appearance in the men’s Olympic field hockey team in Rio as captain making his debut with the Kookaburras team in 2003. He has had the privilege of playing, winning and experiencing Olympic, World Cup and Commonwealth Games tournaments. The veteran announced his retirement from hockey in April 2018, after claiming Commonwealth Games Gold on the Gold Coast and given the honour of Commonwealth Games flag bearer for Australia.
Since retirement Knowlesy has joined forces with the Queensland Academy of Sport as their Senior Personal Development Advisor. He has a passion for coaching and being a quality role model for young people and promoting healthy lifestyles. His community and charity work include Legends for Lifeline ambassador, Olympics Unleashed schools program ambassador and Steve Waugh Foundation charity bike ride.
- Australian Men's Hockey team 2003-2018
- 324 Games for Australia
- 2018 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony Flag Bearer
- 4 x Olympic Games. Gold 2004, Bronze 2008 & 2012
- 4 x Commonwealth Games Gold Medals. 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018
- 3 x World Cups. Silver 2006, Gold 2010 & 2014
- 2014 World Player of the Year
- Kookaburras Captain 2009-2018