Dean and team win award
WARWICK hockey player Dean Butler was part of the 2004 Kookaburras team which won a gold medal at the Athens Olympics and has now been recognised at the 2010 Team Sport Australia Awards.
In what was a watershed moment for hockey in Australia, and the end of one of Australia's most notorious sporting hoodoos, the gold medal win at the 2004 Athens Olympics has been viewed as one of Australia's greatest gold medal victories. Australia was ranked in the top four in men's hockey for 30 years before winning Olympic gold.
Yesterday, Kookaburras 2004 captain Brent Livermore accepted the award on behalf of the team with fellow players Travis Brooks and Stephen Mowlam also in attendance.
Butler has lasting memories of the gold medal victory at Athens, but doesn't recall feeling any more pressure because the gold medal had eluded the Kookaburras for so long.
“We just wanted to win it,” Butler said.
“The award is good for the sport.”
The Warwick half is retired from Australian Hockey League play, but still lines up for Bulimba in Brisbane A1.