Austin Smith ("Ozzie")

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Austin Smith
Austin Smith

I play with the PRINCESS A5 - my own signature hockey stick!

 

Links

www.austinsmith.co.za

www.facebook.com/austinsmith5

www.twitter.com/AustinSmith5

Austin Smith ("Ozzie")

SA Mens Hockey Captain

About
Austin Smith (captain of the SA men’s hockey team) is one of the best hockey players South Africa has ever produced. He made is debut back in 2004 and was named captain of the South African Men’s Hockey Team post his stand-out performance at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He is a two time winner of the South African Player of the Year Award and was named alongside other world class players in the FIH World All Stars Team. Austin is an attacking midfielder and at 27 years of age has 94 international caps scoring 20 goals for South Africa (as at 21 May 2012). He proudly wears the #5 on his playing shirt for country, club and province.
 
After the success of Teun de Nooijers T14 line and expansion of the Princess brand into South Africa, it was only natural to partner with South Africa’s best hockey player, Austin to create his own Princess A5 line. A5 meaning “A” for Austin and the number “5” on his playing shirt. Together Princess and Austin have worked to create his signature stick the “Princess A5” which has subsequently been launched and is available for sale in South Africa.
 
Work
Besides just hockey Austin has recently qualified with a Bachelor of Education from the University of South Africa which he completed in the Netherlands. He plans to continue his studies while playing hockey in the Netherlands.
 
Current Clubs
HC Den Bosch in Hoofdklasse (Holland)
Pinelands Hockey Club (South Africa)
 
Honours

- Played in European Hockey League (EHL) for Reading HC
- FIH World All Stars Team (2009)
- South African Player of the Year (2008 & 2010)
- Captain of the SA men's hockey team ( Post 2008 Beijing Olympics - present)
- 3 x African Cup Gold Medals (2007, 2009, 2011)
- Beijing 2008 Olympian
- Participated in FIH Champions Challenge 2005 in Egypt (5th), FIH Champions Challenge 2009 in Argentina (5th), Commonwealth Games 2010 in India (5th), FIH World Cup 2010 in India (10th),
- FIH Champions Challenge Bronze Medal (2011)
- FIH Olympic Qualifier 2012 in Japan (1st - qualify for London 2012 Olympics)!