He has also competed at the 2005, 2009 and 2011 Men"s Champions Challenge. He became captain of the side in 2009. lieutenant was at Smith"s Primary School, Pinelands North, where he was introduced to hockey, among other sports.
His coach at Pinelands, Murray Anderson, inspired Smith to focus on hockey.
He went on to represent South Africa U16 and U18 teams and became captain of each. Michael McConnachie who spearheaded the hockey at the High School was my biggest mentor, and made me truly believe in myself."
"lieutenant was an incredible feeling walking onto the field to play my first match for South Africa, and it remains a special moment every time I wear the green and gold." In 2005 Austin represented South Africa at the U21 World Cup in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Smith moved to the United Kingdom in 2005 to join Reading Hockey Club. He spent four seasons at Reading, winning the Premier League twice and making the final eight of the Euro Hockey League on consecutive occasions.
Despite South Africa"s final placing of 12th in Beijing, he was the team"s top goal scorer with four goals.
In 2009 Smith decided to leave the United Kingdom to join The Human Context "s-Hertogenbosch in The Netherlands. Earlier on in the year he was named captain of the South African squad, and leading them to victory in the African Championship in order to qualify for the World Cup in 2010. Smith was also named in the World All Star Team for his performances in 2009.
Later on in the year he was named South African Men"s Hockey Player of the Year for a second time.