Brent gives back to youngsters
AFTER more than a decade of globe trotting, Brent Livermore is returning to his familiar surrounds in a bid to help plant the next generation of hockey seeds.
The Grafton junior and long-serving Kookaburra has effectively had time called on his international playing days after being omitted from Ric Charlesworth’s national squads in recent times.
Nearing the Australian record for most caps, the 33-year-old looks destined to stay on 318, three shy of Jay Stacy’s tally.
But instead of lamenting his axing, Livermore is returning to his original stomping ground for two clinics on April 12 and 13 – which he hopes will be the start of bigger things for hockey in Grafton.
“It’s something that’s critical for the kids,” he says.
“The knowledge and experience that I have gained over a lot of years with the Kookaburras can be given back to these juniors.
“It’s important that kids get coaching that develops good techniques.
“I want to teach them some skills that I have learned from playing the game internationally.”
Since Livermore left town in search of national recognition, hockey has grown substantially in the region thanks to advancements in coaching.
Having achieved his own goals, Livermore is now hoping to establish pathways for the next generation of Kookaburras.
“I guess when I started you would have liked to have seen it (coaching clinics) a bit more,” he says.
“Back then you would have had to travel to get further coaching in Sydney.
“Now you have got the North Coast Academy of Sport there with the facilities that are great.
“If you start at the local region it gives the opportunity for coaches and parents to really build the professionalism in the area.
“It’s growing and the main thing is we build the resources.”
The clinics will run both Monday and Tuesday.
At 9am each day, Livermore will address beginners and juniors, with the representative players from 11.30am and those in the academy in the afternoon.
Topics such as diet and drug awareness will be addressed.
“There are a number of different levels that we will be looking at,” he says.
“I have always enjoyed the opportunity to coach. I do a lot of mentoring and guidance with younger players in the national side.
“I just haven’t had the time because I have been competing overseas but as my career winds down I will do more and more.
“If I can’t continue on the field as an international player maybe I can go on as an international coach.”
And Livermore would like nothing more than to usher another player through to the international ranks.
“When you come to the end of your career you know how it feels personally (to make representative sides),” he says.
“You’d like to think that you played a little part of a role in (someone else achieving) that.”
To attend the clinics email Brent on firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Grafton Hockey Club.
Hockey’s helper Brent Livermore
318 games for Kookaburras (1997-2010)
Commonwealth Games gold (1998, 2002, 2006)
Olympic Games bronze (2000), gold (2004)
The knowledge and experience that I have gained over a lot of years with the Kookaburras can be given back to these juniors.