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Ockenden nets top Tassie athlete award

A HOCKEY world-beater has edged out an Australian cycling star and a three-time AFL premiership player to be named the 2014 Tasmanian Athlete of the Year.
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Hockey star Eddie Ockenden is Tasmanian Athlete of the Year.

Eddie Ockenden, 27, was crowned the winner of the state’s biggest sporting prize at an awards ceremony in Hobart last night.

He claimed the honour ahead of five other finalists, including North-West pair Amy Cure and Grant Birchall.

Ockenden had what can only be described as an outstanding year in his chosen sport.

The Hobart-based athlete helped the Kookaburras to gold at the World Cup, Glasgow Commonwealth Games and Sultan Azlan Shah Cup.

He also captained the Tasmanian Tigers team that won its first national championship, being named the Australian Hockey League player of the tournament in the process.

“Eddie is a fantastic role model for young Tasmanians and a very worthy winner,” Premier Will Hodgman said.

After winning three medals at the World Cycling Track Championships in March, including gold in the 25-kilometre points race, Cure, the 2010 winner of the state award, went on to claim dual Commonwealth Games medals.

Meanwhile, Birchall, a 2012 All-Australian, was a pivotal player in the Hawks’ back-to-back flag success this season in his role off half-back.

The other finalists were Australian T20 captain George Bailey, world cup-winning hockey team member Tim Deavin and Commonwealth Games bronze medallist and javelin thrower Hamish Peacock.

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