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group within the Scotch
Some go on to forge a career
that puts them in the public
eye; Tim Deavin, Australian
hockey player and Olympian
is one such person.
Ex-Student and Olympic hockey player
Tim Deavin delivered an inspiring message to
students at Scotch Oakburn College when he
visited the school on August 18.
The 30-year-old, who graduated from the
College in 2002, said his glittering international
successes, including helping Australia to
win two Champions Trophies, this year’s
World Cup and a bronze medal at the 2012
Olympics, grew from the firm foundations laid
down at Scotch Oakburn.
He told senior students at an assembly that
there was no difference between them and
him, apart from maybe his “scratchy beard”.
Clutching his Olympic and World Cup medals,
he said: “You all have the potential to be
whatever you want to be.
“You have a lot of time in front of you to do
whatever you like, whether that’s hockey or
science or whatever, but it’s all about hard work.
“People who go to the Olympics aren’t
always the best but those who work hardest.
I think that’s true in life and I’ve experienced it
“As a youngster I had a bit of natural talent
but I was a bit arrogant and didn’t work really
hard. I had some friends who weren’t quite
as naturally gifted but worked super hard and
overtook me and ended up taking my places
“They ended up playing for Australia and
I didn’t. That was a real eye-opener for me,
knowing I had to work super hard to get to
what I wanted to achieve.
“Since then I’ve been working super hard to
try and get into the Australian team and it was
not until I was 26 that I did. This is quite late,
but it shows if you want to achieve something
there is no real time frame.
“So don’t be discouraged if you’re not in the
first team or getting top scores. It’s all about
how hard you’re working. Your potential and
future growth is always untapped and all up to
Principal Andy Müller described Deavin
as among the College’s highest credentialed
former students and the modest sportsman
thanked Scotch Oakburn for playing its part in
“Credit where credit’s due, growing up and
being here for such a long time I think the
ethics and principles you’re brought up with
help in making you the person you are and
what you’re going to achieve. The school was
a great foundation in that.
“We had some good coaches, some good
players and a lot of fun.”
Deavin, who said Graeme McDonald and
Andrew Barr were Principals during his time at
the College, played hockey from Years 4 to 12
and captained the team.
“We finished top of the North but got
pummeled in the state final,” he recalled.
“We made the state final every year I was
here but I think we drew one and lost the rest.”
He said he made a conscious decision at
Scotch Oakburn to try every sport and only
missed out on soccer, because it clashed with
other sports, and rowing because he “disliked
the idea of getting up at six in the morning”.
“I was OK at other sports although I don’t
think I played any others properly. A few
games of footy in the seconds, bit of tennis,
sailing, badminton for a year, basketball,
athletics, cross-country was always a bit of
fun, well afterwards obviously, not at the time.
“I came second a lot because there was
one guy here who was really good at running –
Tom Ingham, whose father was a teacher here.”
Deavin, who has played club hockey in
Launceston, Hobart, the UK, New Zealand
and Malaysia, said he enjoyed going back to
“It’s pretty interesting. A lot of the teachers
are the same. There are also some nice new
buildings and it’s looking really good.
“When you’re going through school you’re
thinking, ‘I can’t wait to finish’ but when you
do, you think, ‘I wish I was back at school’.
“There was no stress, good fun, lots of
friends, only good memories.”
Deavin’s sister, Claire, and brother, Ben, also
attended Scotch Oakburn and played hockey
for Tamar Churinga, with Claire representing
Australia in horse riding.
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