Tokyo Olympics silver medalist Andrew Charter has paid tribute to Hockeyroos goalkeeping great Kathleen Partridge, who lost her battle with cancer this week aged 57.
The Canberra shot stopper worked closely with Partridge soon after joining the Kookaburras program a decade ago, and described the two-time Olympian as one of the "best coaches" he'd ever had.
"I was relatively new to the team and the way she was able to get me to commit and get me to enjoy training and be professional in what I was doing, it built an amazing foundation for [my career]," Charter said.
"She also pushed me to try and mentor other keepers coming around me like when Tyler Lovell first entered the program.
"She had a hugely positive impact on me and I attribute a lot to where I've gotten to as a goalkeeper and as a person to the time she worked with us over those few years."
Partridge represented Australia at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, and four years later in Barcelona before retiring from the sport.
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She then became one of the country's most influential goalkeeping coaches, working initially with the Hockeyroos before linking with the Kookaburras and helping them to the 2014 World Cup gold medal.
"She was happy to call us out when we were being lazy or when we were not committing to what we had chosen to commit to, and she also had the amazing ability to fit into the men's program," Charter said.
"Coming from female hockey into men's hockey can always be a difficult thing but she was able to fit in seamlessly with the group that was around. She was just able to be one of the lads and at the same time you know hold us to account when we were slipping out of line."
Meanwhile, the Kookaburras and Hockeyroos will not compete in the next edition of the FIH Pro League starting next month, due to COVID travel restrictions.
"Hockey Australia is not considering overseas hockey-related trips at this time," acting Hockey Australia boss Michael Johnston said.