Hockey player Lachlan Sharp, who hails from Lithgow, was by the age of 14, an undersized teenager playing with his father in a men's hockey competition. “I was very small but I think it was dad’s plan to toughen me up playing against men who were so much stronger than me,’’ he told The Australian. “You had to be pretty skilful and quick to deal with that.’’

And now the toughened twenty-four-year-old Olympic Games debutant has made an impact as a midfielder within the men’s elite Australian hockey team. The Kookaburras made a grand entrance into the Tokyo Olympic Games this year, and were a hot favourite. They climbed their way to the top, battling the likes of India and The Netherlands, snagging the silver medal after a loss to Belgium, in a dramatic penalty shootout.

But this isn’t his first medal, as Lachlan made off with a gold medal at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018, as part of the Kookaburras.

Lachlan had a great sporting start to life, as his family are hockey players. His dad Richard played, his mother Tania represented NSW, and two siblings did the same at junior level, according to the Australian.

After he finished year 12, Lachlan worked as a mine fitter near Lithgow with his dad. He then would often drive two hours into Sydney for hockey training, and then back home again.

He debuted on the international scene as a Kookaburra in India in 2017 at the Hockey World League, and after his success in the Gold Coast, he played in the Netherlands, and then in Belgium.

Lithgow showed a lot of support for the young player as he fought to attain the top prize in Tokyo, with his family, the Lithgow Hockey Association and the mayor cheering him on.

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