Olympic champs pass on golden tips
SEEING their gold medals and having a photo taken with two Olympic champions was reason enough for young hockey players to attend the clinics held by Stephen and Angie Lambert in Maryborough at the weekend.
But there was also a serious side to the clinics, with the children put through their paces by the former Olympians.
Maryborough Hockey Association development officer Cheryl Brown said the benefits for those who took part in the clinics were enormous.
A clinic was held for boys on Saturday morning and then girls on Saturday afternoon.
A combined clinic was held yesterday morning.
“The clinics went really well,” Brown said.
“The kids that participated benefited a lot from the knowledge they had to offer.”
The Olympians were impressed with the amount of talent on display at the clinics, Brown said.
“They were very nicely surprised. They said we’ve got some very good young hockey players here.”
Stephen Lambert, a specialist goalkeeper, was especially impressed by the abilities of the young goalkeepers.
He works with the Queensland Academy of Sport and knows talents when he sees it, Brown said.
Jeff Daley, who spends a lot of time working with the young goalies in Maryborough, was especially pleased to see the Olympian give his vote of approval.
Lambert spent a lot of time with the youngsters on both days, passing on tips.
Angie Lambert also passed on her knowledge to the youngsters, in particular her trademark drag-flicking shot, Brown said.
The idea of drag-flicking is to trap the ball at the top of the circle and flick it at the goal.
“It’s a goal-scoring tool,” Brown said, adding that it was particularly useful at penalty corners.
Two Maryborough players, Cody Goldenstein and Trudi Pedersen, excelled at the shot.
In February the Fraser Coast will be visited again by legends of the sport, when Olympic gold medallist Mark Knowles visits the area with Jamie Dwyer or Jason Wilson.