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On Wednesday 21 February, Glenmore State School was honoured to host a visit from Mark Knowles as part of the the QAS4Schools program which gives Queensland primary school students the opportunity to see and hear directly from their sporting heroes.
QAS4Schools Ambassador Mark Knowles
Originally from Rockhampton, Mark has been part of the hockey community for the best part of his life. Making his international debut for the Kookaburras in 2004 at 20 years of age, Mark became the youngest in the team to win an Olympic gold medal (2004). This was also the Kookaburras first Olympic title, an amazing achievement for all involved.
Mark is now a four time Olympian with many other accolades to his name including Captain of the Kookaburras, two World Cup titles, three Commonwealth Games gold medals and being named International Player of the Year for 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Mark’s presentation included his individual experiences in high performance sport and anecdotes of his successful sporting career in hockey, while referring back to the three main themes:
·       Healthy eating and lifestyle habits – drink 3 bottles of water a day!
·       Benefits of physical activity – helps the body and the mind - stay alert in lessons
·       Building excitement and anticipation for the upcoming #GC2018 Commonwealth Games – we met Borobi, the surfing koala mascot of the Games
Mark was greeted with enthusiasm from students and staff alike. He is such an engaging ambassador and conveyed his message about exercise, healthy eating and the upcoming Commonwealth Games with the same refreshing earnestness he always displays when he plays hockey. The students enjoyed his visit immensely and were keenly interested in his display of skills - they were mesmerized by his dexterity performing “tricks” with his hockey stick and ball). Mark freely handed around his Commonwealth and Olympic gold medals for delighted students to touch and wear.

We also thank the QAS4Schools program for the gift of the legacy kit of sports equipment. The gear, footballs, netball, soccer balls and skipping ropes will be well used here. The ultimate goal is to continue to inspire and motivate schools and students, long after the athlete visit has completed and well after the conclusion of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
Mark’s visit was the last of his QAS athlete ambassadorial roles before heading to Malaysia for a six-nation hockey tournament prior to the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in April. His sincerity, passion for sport and humility come across so strongly making him a worthy ambassador. Glenmore State School is very fortunate to have had him visit in his tight schedule leading up to the Commonwealth Games and particularly since Mark announced on Friday, his imminent retirement from national representative hockey after these Games. 
Thank you Mark and congratulations on an amazing sporting career!
Glenmore wishes Mark Knowles, the Kookaburras, the Hockeyroos and all Australian Athletes a very successful and enjoyable Games.