#TheHelpSide This Week we’re speaking to former Kookaburra, Tristan White. Tristan, or T-Dubs, is without a doubt one of the toughest competitors I’ve ever played with or against. In this interview, he speaks about his ambition to be a player you hated to play against but loved to have on your team and I can definitively say that that is exactly how I would describe him. Hailing from country New South Wales, Tristan debuted for Australia in 2011 and by the time he retired in 2018 he notched up 102 caps for the Kookaburras.
Unlike many who wear the green and gold of Australia, T-Dubs chose not to live in the Perth training environment and instead chose to continue to live on the east coast of Australia in order to pursue both his career as a mortgage broker and his hockey. Things haven’t always been easy for T-Dubs, indeed in 2016 he was selected in the Rio Olympic team, only to have his opportunity ripped away from him in the cruellest of circumstances and he speaks openly about the incident and the fallout. Tristan’s story is a different perspective on how playing for your country might look and the way he approaches the game from a mental side of things is truly fascinating and well worth remembering. Here’s The Help Side of Tristan White.