Olympian Jodie Kenny has taken on a new role with Sunshine Coast Hockey and will be hosting clinics and helping juniors rise through the ranks. Picture: Patrick Woods
Olympian Jodie Kenny has taken on a new role with Sunshine Coast Hockey and will be hosting clinics and helping juniors rise through the ranks. Picture: Patrick Woods

Hockey star thrives in new grassroots role

Former Commonwealth and Olympic Games star Jodie Kenny says it’s been “incredible” to embrace a grassroots hockey role on the Sunshine Coast.

The 33 year old returned to where it all began in October after stepping away from her national commitments with the Hockeyroos to take on a regional coaching director role with Sunshine Coast Hockey.

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She’s only been set up at the Ballinger Rd complex for a few weeks but the Wamuran product said she had savoured every minute.

“The opportunity to have a full-time gig in hockey I was really excited about and being able to give back (is great),” Kenny said.

“It’s been a very busy couple of weeks just wrapping my head around the role and what it entails and organising summer clinics and all that stuff coming up.”

Kenny, who forged her skills on the Coast hockey scene, was hopeful she could put her extensive knowledge to use to help develop and nurture future stars.

Over her illustrious career Kenny has played in two Commonwealth and Olympic Games, earning gold at Glasgow in 2014.

Olympian Jodie Kenny has taken on a new role with Sunshine Coast Hockey and will be hosting clinics and helping juniors rise through the ranks. Picture: Patrick Woods.
Olympian Jodie Kenny has taken on a new role with Sunshine Coast Hockey and will be hosting clinics and helping juniors rise through the ranks. Picture: Patrick Woods.

She’s also played in two world cups and has scored 111 goals for her country during 235 caps.

“It actually feels incredible (to be helping local juniors),” she said.

“That was the part I was most excited about with the role was coming back to that grassroots level and developing kids from there.

“I had some incredible coaches here on the Coast and in Brisbane that really made a difference for me and I really hope that maybe I could be that coach or support person that makes a difference.

“And I can do that by sharing everything I’ve experienced and all the challenges that I faced to get from the Sunshine Coast up to the national program.”

Along with player development she was eager to help boost numbers and support coaches at club and representative level.

She’s already run some introductory hockey sessions and will have a number of junior summer hockey clinics in December on the newly laid turf.

They will be held on December 15 and December 17.

Works on a $450,000 upgrade to the association's main turf field are almost complete.

Upgrades started in November, with Poligras Tokyo GT turf being installed – the latest and most advanced turf in the world.

It’s the same turf that is to be used at the Tokyo Olympics.



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