Home Town/State: Central Coast, NSW
Debut: 4/11/2014 v India @ Perth
The son of former Australian cricketer Trish Dawson, Matt took up Hockey at the age of eight, following in the footsteps of his older sister.
After debuting in 2014, the defender was part of Australia’s 2016 Rio Olympics team and excelled at the 2017 World League Final which the Kookaburras won, claiming several Player of the Month honours. He was later named runner-up of the 2017 Kookaburras of the Year.
On the eve of the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Dawson suffered a scary eye injury in training which had him fearing for not only his career, but also his sight. He recovered and wore spectacles during the Commonwealth Games where he fought back to bring up his 100th cap, score in the final and claim a gold medal.