Former Kookaburras captain Michael York is a legend of Australian hockey and one of the best defenders ever to play the game.
Playing for the Canberra Lakers, York’s dedication and consistency paid off when he won the Player of the Year award for the National Hockey League in 1999. To add to his success in this year, Michael was also the male and overall winner of the 1999 Clubs ACT Sportstar of the Year awards.
In an illustrious career, York represented Australia on 279 occasions, and in the process scored 10 international goals.
An Olympic representative on four occasions, York collected one silver and two bronze medals. At the Commonwealth Games in 1998, York was instrumental in captaining the Australian gold medal winning team after the team failed to win a medal at the preceding Hockey World Cup.
York’s Champions Trophy record is demonstrative of his dedication to the sport of hockey. York participated in 10 Champions Trophy tournaments spanning 1989 to 2000 and played a pivotal role in the Australian team collecting 4 gold and 3 silver medals at this tournament during this time.
With his consistency and dedication to the sport of hockey, Michael York is an ideal role model for any aspiring young sport star in the ACT region.
Born: 16 October 1967