Jonathon Charlesworth

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Jonathon Charlesworth
Personal information
Nationality Australia
Sport
Country Australia
Sport Field hockey
Event(s) Men's team
Team WA Thundersticks

Jonathon Charlesworth is an Australian field hockey player. He is a medical doctor. In field hockey, he plays in the midfield and wears a white headband. He played for the WA Thundersticks in the Australian Hockey League, winning a championship with the team in 2008. He joined the Kookaburras in 2009, where he was coached by his father Ric Charlesworth. He is trying to earn a spot on the national team that will represent Australia at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Personal[edit]

Charlesworth is from Western Australia.[1] When he was younger, he played soccer because of the game's similarities to field hockey.[2] He is a medical doctor like his father, Ric Charlesworth.[3][4]

Field hockey[edit]

Charlesworth is a midfielder.[2][4] He started playing field hockey when he was six years old.[2] Like his father, he wears a white headband while playing.[4][5]

State team[edit]

Charlesworth started playing for the WA Thundersticks of the Australian Hockey League in 2005.[3][4] He played in the league finals in 2009.[4] In 2008, he was a member of the WA Thundersticks that won the league championships, with a score of 6–2 against the Queensland Blades in a match held in Canberra. In the match, he scored a goal.[6]

National team[edit]

Prior to joining the Kookaburras, Charlesworth had represented Australia internationally as a member of Australia A team when they played games against Malaysia and Canada.[5] In 2009, he and Brent Dancer made their national team debut during a five-game test series in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia against Malaysia. The pair's debut was notable because both players are the sons of famous Australian field hockey coaches: Charlesworth's father is Rick Charlesworth, the current coach of the men's senior team and Dancer's father is Barry Dancer who coached the men's field hockey team to their first Olympic gold in 2004.[2] In May 2011, he played in the Azlan Shah Cup for Australia. The Cup featured teams from Pakistan, Malaysia, India, South Korea, Britain and New Zealand.[7] In December 2011, he was named as one of twenty-eight players to be on the 2012 Summer Olympics Australian men's national training squad. This squad will be narrowed in June 2012. He trained with the team from 18 January to mid-March in Perth, Western Australia.[8][9][10] In February during the training camp, he played in a four nations test series with the teams being the Kookaburras, Australia A Squad, the Netherlands and Argentina.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Kookaburras begin their Olympic Games Campaign". Perth, Western Australia: Hockey Australia. 7 February 2012. Archived from the original on 21 March 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d Petrie, Andrea (18 October 2009). "Sons a chip off the old stick – HOCKEY". The Sunday Age. Melbourne, Australia. p. 19. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  3. ^ a b AAP (2 October 2009). "Charlesworth welcomes son". The Australian. Australia. p. 37. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Pike, Chris (1 October 2009). "AAP News: Hock: Charlesworth junior ready to don head-band". AAP News. Australia: Financial Times Limited – Asia Africa Intelligence Wire. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Reed, Ron (2 October 2009). "Jonathon follows in father's footsteps". Herald Sun. Melbourne, Australia. p. 98. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  6. ^ AAP (9 March 2008). "Thundersticks roll to title". Sunday Tasmanian. Tasmania, Australia. p. 83. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  7. ^ Singh, Ajitpal (26 April 2011). "New Straits Times (Malaysia): Aussies look powerful despite injury woes". New Straits Times. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Retrieved 16 March 2012. 
  8. ^ AAP (14 December 2011). "Kookaburras name training squad for 2012 Olympic Games". Sydney: Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  9. ^ "FOR THE RECORD". The Australian. Sydney, Australia. 15 December 2011. p. 35. AUS_T-20111215-1-035-447690. Retrieved 9 March 2012. 
  10. ^ "SCOREBOARD". Daily Telegraph. Sydney, Australia. 15 December 2011. p. 116. DTM_T-20111215-1-116-447684. Retrieved 9 March 2012.