Aran Zalewski released his Olympic dream when he was selected to make his debut at the Rio Games fresh off winning the 2016 Champion’s Trophy.
The Aussie’s Olympic campaign kicked off with a 2-1 win over trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand but despite starting strong, the side then suffered back-to-back 1-0 losses to Spain and Belgium. Determined to claim their third straight Olympic medal, the Aussies then secured a 2-1 win over Great Britain which saw Zalewski score in the 50th minute. The side then backed this up with a 9-0 victory over Brazil, setting themselves up for a quarter-final clash against the number 2 ranked side, the Netherlands. The Aussies quickly saw their hopes of a gold medal fade as the Dutch secured a 4-0 win, knocking the favourites out of the Olympic competition.
The 25-year-old from Subiaco was named in the men’s hockey Olympic training squad in late 2015 and proved to be a strong force on the field, helping the team claim both the World League Semi-Final and Final titles.
The midfielder made his international debut in 2011 against India in his home state of Western Australia. Zalewski scored on debut, in the 57th minute, a moment he still marks as a career highlight. Ahead of the London Games, Zalewski was selected in the men's national Olympic development squad
Nick-named ‘Moose’, many of his Australian teammates believe Zalewski bleaches his hair before every tournament, a rumour which he denies, saying his messy hair is a naturally occurring style.
Off the pitch, Zalewski likes to spend time with his chocolate Labrador, Bailey and partner Teagan, and also enjoys playing hockey which his father, Wally at their local Margret River Hockey Club.