Three-time olympic hockey player Lachlan Dreher took time out from his hectic schedule to help train some of Bunbury's young goalkeepers.
The former Kookaburra led a one-hour training session with a small group of athletes at Bunbury Hockey Stadium on Wednesday, October 31.
The event was part of Boyanup Hockey Club’s program for junior athletes.
“I was down here for work and so my teammate from the over 50s Australian masters side, Dean Lomax, asked me to come down and help out,” he said.
“I was very happy to come down, assist the young goalkeepers, and give them a few tips to help them get better.
“I hoped I could help them out with a bit of my experience.
“I’ve found there’s so much enthusiasm for the game in the country centres, it’s fabulous.”
Dreher said goalkeeping was a tough endeavour.
“To be a great goalkeeper you really need confidence and resilience,” he said.
“You’re right at the end, so you have to keep control of the defence and be a strong, calming influence.”
Lomax thanked Dreher for providing his wealth of knowledge.
“We had the World Cup win a few months back, so catching up with him was fantastic,” he said.
“In the three weeks I spent with Lachlan during the World Cup, I learned more from him than I had from any other goalkeeper in my whole hockey career.
“Knowing what I learned from him, seeing him doing this makes me stoked for the guys and girls in attendance.
“In an hour, they found out a lot from a really great goalkeeper.”