Former Kookaburras defender Timothy Deavin who is currently playing for Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) at the Malaysia Hockey League 2019 wants to make Malaysia his second home.
“I like the lifestyle in Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur is one of my favourite places to stay. I want to make it my second home,” Deavin told a Malaysian newspaper.
The 35-year-old owns the Sporting Globe Bar and Grill at the Rockingham Centre in Perth, a $2 million hospitality venue with more than 50 screens and room for more than 150 diners and plans to open another sports bar in Kuala Lumpur.
“I opened a sports bar in Perth three years ago. There are people managing it for me while I play hockey in Malaysia,” said Deavin, who has played more than 100 games for the Kookaburras
Deavin is not new to business or hospitality. He once managed a McDonald’s outlet at his native Tasmania and has worked with Perth’s Bar Pop team.
“I hope to expand my business in Malaysia. I’ll try to balance both although hockey will always remain my greatest love,” said the Aussie, who also has a degree in computer science.
Deavin, who took up hockey at the age of nine, made his international debut at the 2010 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup where Australia became champions.
And since then there was no turning back for him as he went on to represent his country in three Champions Trophy (2010, 2011 and 2016), World Cup in The Hague in 2014 (champions), 2012 London Olympics (bronze).