Olympic medallist inspires young hockey players
TORI Eddy had met three Australian hockey players before Lee Bodimeade came to town but that didn't stop her excitement about getting to take the field with the Olympic silver medallist.
Nor did the rain which tumbled down constantly on the hockey clinic at Rigby Park.
Expecting to learn a few ideas about goalkeeping off the former Australian representative, Eddy emerged with a couple of ideas to implement on game day.
"I learnt how the field players might take shots at me," she said. "It helps me to save the shots."
The 12-year-old was one of nearly 30 Gladstone players who took part in the first session of one of three Bodimeade clinics on the weekend.
After leaving the United States a couple of years ago following seven years in charge of the national team, Bodimeade had not run a clinic back in Australia before this Gladstone trip.
But after a couple of sessions, he said his love for the sport had been reignited and he would try to find a way to get back on the field to help kids learn the game.
"It is good to get the hands dirty again," he said. "I would like to do heaps more of it."
And he has not ruled out another trip to Gladstone, the players here feeding his motivation.
"They were good, it was great, they were very, very engaging," he said.
He also saw a number of players who could follow in his footsteps.
"I think when you have turf, it gives them a skill set that is higher than most," he said.
"It is just a matter of refining technique now."