Brent nurtures next generation of local hockey stars
FORMER Olympic hockey player and recently crowned Clarence Valley Athlete of the decade Brent Livermore returned to Grafton this week to pass on some of his skills to the next generation of players.
Livermore ran his annual Rising Stars Easter Clinic over two days at the Grafton Hockey complex on Monday and Tuesday, with a group of about 30 local kids soaking up the skills and fitness program.
"We ended up having a clash with some of the Hockey NSW programs this year, so we're running a condensed two-day version of the camp,'' Livermore said.
"The kids have all stayed in the bunkhouse (at the hockey fields) overnight and we went from about 9am to 9pm on Monday and have another full day today."
"The aim is to give the kids the tools to improve their abilities on and off the field and get a deeper understanding of the craft of the game."
Alick O'Dell, 16, took part for the second time and said he would be using his new skill of the drag jink next time he steps out for the Royals in his junior hockey or B-Grade men's teams.
"It's been really good, Brent does a lot of different drills to most other coaches I've had,'' O'Dell said.
Livermore said he had seen a marked improvement in the region's young players.
"It's great to be able to develop the players year after year and see how far they have come," he said.