Former Australian hockey player, Brent Livermore.
Former Australian hockey player, Brent Livermore.

Olympic dream in our own back yard

FIVE years ago Brent Livermore stood on the pinnacle of the dais at the Athens Olympics.

On Saturday afternoon he was showing young hockey wannabes how to simply hold a stick at the Grafton Regional Hockey Centre.

A testament to the current international's devotion and commitment to Clarence Valley hockey, Livermore was in Grafton over the weekend to promote hockey at a junior sign on day before hosting a more advanced training session.

Livermore said it was 'great' to see so many juniors enjoying playing hockey.

“It was great to get the opportunity to teach the young kids the simple things,” he said.

“Some of them I even had to show how to hold a hockey stick.”

Ball skills, stick skills and small games were all part of the attraction as Grafton's leading hockey icon lead around 30 children through training drills on Saturday afternoon.

“He never has to yell, he gets along with all the kids,” Grafton Hockey Association president Bruce Carle said.

“He just has an aura about him.”

Livermore was back in action yesterday morning, running through training drills with more advanced players, who had still yet to shake away the off-season 'cobwebs'.

“Some of these players haven't picked up a stick this year ... so it was a really good chance for these guys to brush up on their skills,” Livermore said.

“It also gave me the chance to show players with intermediate to advanced skills some new skills.”

Livermore said yesterdays session was the first of hopefully many holiday programs, which would include players, parents and coaches.

“The session was a good start to the year and to the program,” he said.

“There were a few parents here today on the side-lines but I was a little disappointed there weren't as many coaches.

“They (parents and coaches) can pick up some of the things I'm teaching, learn them and teach them to their kids.”

Both Livermore and Carle acknowledged the short time frame the session was constructed in and were confident there would be a greater number of parents and officials at the next session.

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