Olympic biographies – David Harte

Debut: vs France, August 2006 (3-1 win)
Age: 28
Caps: 175
International goals: 0
Current club: SV Kampong (Netherlands)
Previous clubs: Cork Harlequins, Pembroke, SCHC (Netherlands), Mumbai Magicians, Dabang Mumbai (India)
School: Bandon Grammar School
Position: Goalkeeper

David Harte. Pic: Adrian Boehm

David Harte. Pic: Adrian Boehm

Ireland’s captain and goalkeeper David Harte is the side’s star man, winning the 2015 FIH World Goalkeeper of the Year following an amazing year in which he won goalkeeper of the tournament at both the World League Round 3 and the European Championships. He was the first Irish man to win an award of this kind.

During those tournaments, he made key saves that ultimately earned Ireland Olympic qualification, notably in Ireland’s wins over Pakistan in Antwerp and England in London. He has been the number one keeper for the most part since 2009.

His biography starts off in a similar manner to his twin brother Conor. He grew up in Kinsale in west Cork and was introduced to hockey at Bandon Grammar School, winning the All-Ireland schools championships. He moved to Dublin to study in DCU and play with Pembroke, winning a famous quarduple along with a EuroHockey Club Champions Trophy title in 2009. He made his Irish debut on the same day as his brother in August 2006 in Le Touquet.

After Pembroke, both moved to SCHC but David stayed in the Netherlands where he linked up with SV Kampong with whom he became the first Irish man to win the Euro Hockey League in 2016. He is also the world’s most expensive goalkeeper, being signed for three seasons to date with the Hockey India League, his most recent fee being $51,000 per season.

David’s father Kieran – a cousin of decorated football manager Mickey – is a former goalkeeper with the Tyrone senior football team. He is a qualified PE and biology teacher.

Twitter: @daveyharte

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