Michael Francis – Australian Futures Hockey Player

Michael Francis is an aspiring hockey player with experience playing at all levels of the game. He stands out because of his commitment, leadership, and professional approach to succeeding in his chosen sport


In 2015, Michael Francis was selected as a part of the U16 Australian Schoolboys team where he travelled to Mannheim, Germany to play in an international tournament against Germany, Netherlands, and Belgium. His Australian team went undefeated and won gold.

Australian U/18 Futures squad with Michael in his Queensland tracksuit

Michael has been a part of the Australian U18 Futures squad since 2015. This has given him the opportunity to play against the New Zealand and Japan junior squads at Gold Coast, Australian in January 2016.

Michael has captained Queensland teams since he started playing representative hockey. He captained the U16 Queensland team to national championship gold in 2015 and has produced other great results at the U18 national championships.

Michael currently trains with the Queensland Academy of Sport under coach, Olympic gold medallist, Matthew Wells. During this training, Michael was selected into the U18 Australia Futures squad.

 

 A little more about Michael

  1. The person who has inspired your sporting career?

Not necessarily one person but the Australian men’s hockey team winning Gold in Athens 2004 inspired me from a young age. I now train under two of the players who were in that team which is exciting!

  1. What is your favorite sport/physical activity (s) other than your chosen representative sport?

I played volleyball through school (even though I was the shortest on the team). If I could be a superstar in another sport, it would definitely be tennis!

  1. What do you like to do as a past time when not playing your chosen sport?

I love playing with my cocker spaniel poodle, Joey.

  1. What do you do for a living or what are you studying?

I’m studying a Bachelor of Business at university, majoring in Finance and Accounting.

  1. What are your sporting goals/life goals?

I want to win an Olympic gold medal in sports and travel the world.

  1. What made you chose your current sport/activity?

My mum used to play hockey so she got me into the sport! Hockey revolves around family.

  1. What do you like doing for entertainment?

I enjoy relaxing in front of Netflix, mainly Suits and Orange is the New Black.