Hockey player Grace Stewart is a member of the Australian women’s hockey team the Hockeyroos who made her Olympic debut at Rio 2016 and will now compete at her second Olympics when she takes to the field in Tokyo.
Hailing from Gerringong in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, Grace first started playing Hockey at five and rose through the ranks, selected to for her local representative and state teams and was awarded a scholarship to the NSW Institute of Sport.
2016 was a breakout year for the young player. Promoted from the development squad, Grace made her first appearance for the Hockeyroos at the International Tri-Series in Singapore scoring on debut to secure Australia a 1-all draw against Germany in the opening round. Impressive performances in test matches against Great Britain and China and a frenzy of goals at the Hawkes Bay Cup, saw Grace named on the Hockeyroos team for the 2016 Olympic Games where the team reached the quarter finals.
Grace closed out 2016 by being selected to the Australian Australian Under 21 side, the ‘Jillaroos’, for the 2016 Junior World Cup, where she scored three goals in the tournament to help Australia to a bronze medal finish.
Hockeyroos attacker went on win a gold medal at the 2017 Oceania Cup, a silver medal at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, and another silver at the 2019 FIH Pro League in Amstelveen. Grace was also a member of the 2019 NSW Pride team for the inaugural Hockey One competition.
The Hockeyroos won their sudden death qualifying series against Russia to secure their spot at the postponed Tokyo Games and Grace was named on her second Australian Olympic team in June 2021.