Five selected in Women’s Olympic Hockey Team

Posted on July 4, 2016 by

Five NSWIS athletes have been selected in the women’s 16-person hockey section of the 2016 Australian Olympic team.

Veteran Casey Sablowski has been selected for her third Olympic Games, whilst Emily Smith will now feature in her second. Joining the experienced duo will be Georgina Morgan, Grace Stewart and Mariah Williams, who will all make their debuts in Rio.

With only four returning Olympians in total, selectors are hoping the fresh talent of 12 debutants will be the key to securing Olympic gold in Rio. The side will largely rely on Olympic rookies to bring enthusiasm and excitement to the pitch as the team looks to claim top spot on the medal dais.

With over 350 international appearances, Australia’s most capped female hockey player, Madonna Blyth will lead the Team in her third Olympic campaign. The Rio Games will be the 30-year-old’s second experience at captaining the side and she feels she has a lot of more experience under her belt this time around.

Back in 2008, Casey Sablowski was the youngest player selected at the Beijing Olympic Games. In the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, 19-year-old Grace Stewart who will be Australia’s youngest hockey player at the Games.  

Seeing her name on the selection list was a surreal moment for Stewart.

“I was in shock and I had to double check it was my name and when it was, it was pretty amazing,” said Stewart, who is both nervous and excited to make her Olympic debut.

“We have a big three weeks of training ahead, and it will be pretty full on but it will be worth it knowing it will help us go better over there.”

For head coach Adam Commens picking the 2016 Olympic Team was the toughest the selection panel has seen in recent Olympic history. 

"In the end we have selected a fantastic group of players that are all in fantastic form,” Commens said.

“To win Olympic medals it’s important to have in form players that are also on the improve. We have this throughout our Olympic selection of 16 and I’m excited by our prospects in Rio."

Australia’s women head into the first South American Games as world number 3, and will compete in Pool B against Argentina (#2), Great Britain (6), USA (7), Japan (10) and India (13).

Competition starts on August 6 and will feature a new format. The top four from each of the two pools will progress to the all-or-nothing quarter-finals as each team pushes towards the gold medal match on August 18.

These 16 athletes take the overall 2016 Australian Olympic Team to 276 from 22 sports, with an expected final Team of around 410 athletes. 

Name

Age

Born

Lives

Postcode

Rio 2016

Brooke Peris

23

Darwin

Perth

6109

1st Games

Casey Sablowski

27

Albion Park 

St James

6102

3rd Games

Edwina Bone

28

Orange

Perth

6101

1st Games

Emily Smith

23

Crookwell

Langford

6147

2nd Games

Gabrielle Nance

21

Kingscliff 

Perth

6100

1st Games

Georgie Parker 

27

Berri

West Leederville

5082

1st Games

Georgina Morgan

23

Armidale

Leederville

6007

1st Games

Grace Stewart  

19

Gerringong 

Perth

6007

1st Games

Jane-Anne Claxton 

23

 Adelaide

Perth

5065

1st Games

Jodie Kenny 

28

Wamuran

Perth

6100

2nd Games

Karri McMahon 

24

Berri 

Perth

6100

1st Games

Kathryn Slattery 

22

South Stirling

Perth

6152

1st Games

Kirstin Dwyer

21

Mackay North

Perth

6006

1st Games

Madonna Blyth (C

30

Brisbane

Perth

6100

3rd Games

Mariah Williams   

21

Parkes

Perth

6100

1st Games

Rachael Lynch 

28

Melbourne

Northbridge

6003

1st Games

 

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