BORN IN 1967 IN ADELAIDE SOUTH AUSTRALIA he is a forward who developed in the local league, became a junior MVP of the local Falcons, eventually becoming a long-time Captain of the senior A-grade and State Premiers in 1989. He won an ANZ Youth Sport Scholarship from the Australian Institute of Sport as a junior and went on to represent South Australia for well over a decade, winning five Goodall Cups — back-to-back 1986 and '87, again in '90, '91, then 1995. He was state captain in 1995.
He represented Australia in the National Youth Team (U18) in Korea in 1985, narrowly missing out on the bronze at the Asian Oceanic championships. In 1987, he was a player with the National Junior Team (U20) in Esbjerg, Denmark. In 1988, he represented Australia for the first time at senior level in the Netherlands at the Thayer Tutt tournament for teams not in the Olympics, coached by Dan Reynolds. In Cardiff Wales in 1990, he won silver in the D-Pool Worlds, scoring 2-1, then at Hull England in 1992, he won bronze in the C-Pool Worlds, both coached by Ryan Switzer. He was alternate captain of Australia to Glen Foll in 1992.
Over the many years that followed, he played with the Adelaide Vintage Reds including the Oldtimer Olympiad in 2009 hosted in Adelaide in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the Goodall Cup.
Ross Carpenter, 'Tonkin, Peter (1967 - )', Legends of Australian Ice, Melbourne, Australia, http://icelegendsaustralia.com/legends-2/bio-tonkin.html, accessed online .