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Richard Charlesworth is one of the best-known hockey players and coaches in the Australian hockey history. A former captain in the Australian Hockey Team, he played hockey for Australia for a record 16 years. As coach of the Australian Women’s hockey team, his unique coaching formula contributed to their success at the Atlanta and Sydney Olympics Games. For 8 consecutive years the team was ranked number one in the world.
In 2009, after Ric was appointed coach of the Australian men’s hockey team, the Kookaburras, the team went on to win the Hockey World Cup in New Delhi in 2010, again in The Hague in 2014 and gold at the Commonwealth Games in 2010 and 2014. In 2011, the Kookaburras won the Champion Trophy for the 4th consecutive year...the first team to do so in the 32 year history of the event. In 2012 the Kookaburras won a Bronze medal at the Olympics in London. Ric was elevated to Legend status in 2013 through the Western Australia Institute of Sport. In 2014 Ric won the International Hockey Federation Inaugural World Coach of the Year Award - a highly prestigious award. In 2015, he was given life member of Hockey Australia.
He has worked with the Australian Institute of Sport as a mentor coach to 5 national team coaches. He was Australian Coach of the Year in 1994, from 1996 to 2000, and again in 2010. Ric has been technical advisor to Indian hockey teams and High Performance Manager of New Zealand cricket.
Ric is also a doctor of medicine and the author of 3 books on coaching. Described as one of the world’s best coaches, 2001 he was appointed Master Coach by the International Hockey Federation.
In 2003 he received an honorary Doctorate of Science at the University of Western Australia and completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in philosophy and history at the University of Western Australia.
Ric now works as a consultant to various sports and is writing his next book.
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