MARK Knowles' trophy cabinet at home is already full.
There's individual honours, such as the international player of the year award from 2014, and those that have come with being a part of successful teams from World Cups, Commonwealth Games and even the Olympics.
A gold medal from Rio, however, is the one he craves most ... for himself, and his beloved Kookaburras.
"I would kick a lot of other stuff off (the shelf) for this one," he tells Australian Regional Media.
As a 20-year-old in 2004 in Athens he stood atop the podium with teammates of the victorious Australian men's hockey team.
But victory at the Deodoro Olympic Park will mean a lot more to the now 32-year-old.
"I played a very minimal role in Athens. I'd only been in the team for six months," he said.
"I played off the bench. I might've played 10 to 15 minutes each game. I was there to add a bit of spark, a bit of enthusiasm."
This time, however, he is the leader of a team determined to live up to its status as the No.1-ranked team in the world - and, more importantly, exorcise the demons of London 2012.
The Kookaburras went into those Games as the tournament favourites but, failing to gel, had to settle for a second successive bronze medal.
It's fair to say it didn't sit well with Knowles.
And he says there has been a lot of "hard work" and "soul-searching" since then.
"I was one of the guys that really drove the process of change after London," he said.
"I just hated the experience of not being able to perform well as a team.
"It has been brought up a fair bit ... the last three months has brought that back into focus.
"There's been a lot more openness from the players about how we dealt with things individually, how we didn't connect well enough as a team.
"Some of those little things - and most people would think they're absolutely nothing - but when you're in the fishbowl of the Olympics and you're the world's No.1 team chasing absolute perfection, the small one day or two days off the rails can hurt you, and we found that."
Backed by coach Graham Reid, Knowles will lead from the front in Rio alongside another three-time Games representative, fellow Rockhampton native and brother-in-law Jamie Dwyer, and dual bronze medallists Eddie Ockenden and Fergus Kavanagh.
"As hard as it is and as hard as it has been for Jamie and some of those guys who have been around for a long time, it's why we play a team sport, we need to know that we're absolutely perfect to be Olympic champions and we haven't quite been the last couple," he said.
The Kookaburras thrashed the Netherlands 6-1 in the final of the 2014 World Cup, remaining unbeaten along the way, and beat India 4-0 in the playoff for gold at the Commonwealth Games the same year. They also beat the Indians 3-1 on penalties to claim the Champions Trophy in London in June.
"I'm just really excited about what we can do with all this hard work," Knowles said.
"We go in with a lot of confidence, but also very wary that international hockey is closer and tighter than it has ever been before."
And Knowles recalls winning the World Cup in 2010 before falling short at the Olympics.
"We're in a very similar situation," he said. "But I have a lot more confidence in how our team has prepared."
Knowles is rapt Dwyer, at 37, will make history as Australia's oldest hockey player at an Olympics after the five-time world player of the year was sensationally left out of the 2014 Commonwealth Games squad and contemplated retirement.
"He said he went about a month when he didn't want to play, and then 15 years of experience and drive and ambition took over," Knowles said of his brother-in-law.
While his focus has been on the Games, Knowles has had his hands full after wife Kelly gave birth two months ago to their third child Frankie, a sister to Flynn and Luca.
"It's been a very full-on period for me," he said. "What's required of me as the leader of the team ... but then my role as a father kicks in every afternoon and every morning.
"It's been a challenge."
Hopefully not as challenging as winning gold.
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