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Karri McMahon

Karri McMahon

Athlete Biography

Born and bred into a sporting family, Karri McMahon picked up her first hockey stick at six year-old; however it wasn’t until she was 15 that she truly found her love for Hockey. In 2016 she will make her Olympic debut in Rio alongside a number of other debutants in the Hockeyroos.

The Queensland-born defender moved to Berri, South Australia during her school years, where her passion for hockey developed. She won gold in her International debut at the 2012 Champions Challenge in Dublin, Ireland.

In 2013 she competed at the Junior World Championships with the Jillaroos in Germany, finishing in sixth place. The same year she was crowned the best player in the Australian National Hockey League. The South Aussie had a very strong 2014 season, winning gold at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, and silver at the Netherlands World Cup and Champions Trophy in Argentina.

2015 was a difficult season for McMahon, with a number of on-field injuries; early on in the year she took a lifted hit to the chin, which results in a double fracture to her jaw. A ball to the head required stitched and a stress facture in her foot saw her sitting out of the Singapore Series in February, 2016.

After her hockey career she dreams of becoming a paramedic and is currently studying a bachelor of Paramedic Studies at Flinders University South Australia.

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Olympic Information

  • Rio 2016 wil be Olympic debut
  • 2013 Sydney AYG - Gold (Hockey)

Recent Performances

  • 2nd - 2016 International Hockey Tournament (Darwin, Australia)
  • 4th – 2016 Champions Trophy (London, England)
  • 6th – 2015 World League Final (Rosario, Argentina)
  • 1st – 2015 Oceania Cup (Stratford, New Zealand)
  • 3rd – 2015 World League Semi-Final (Antwerp, Belgium)

Career Highlights

  • Commonwealth Games 2014 - Gold Medal
  • World Cup 2014 - Silver Medal
  • Champions Trophy 2014 - Silver Medal


  • Primary
    Patricks Road Primary School (QLD, Australia)
  • Secondary
    Glossop High School (South Australia, Australia)
  • Tertiary
    Bachelor of Paramedic Studies - Flinders University South Australia 2010-current)


  • Coach
    Adam Commens (2012-current), Craig Victory (2008-2012)
  • Club
    YMCC Hockey Club Perth & Adelaide Hockey Club
  • Institute/Academy
    AIS, SASI, Hockey Australia High Performance
  • Primary Training Base
    Perth - Curtain University


Watching my highlights video on the bus to a game
Favourite food
Surf and turf
Favourite holiday destination
Cinque Terre - Italy
Favourite music
Peking Duck
Dream car
Range Rover
Star Sign
I would spend my last $10 on
Lemon Meringue Pie
Ears only!
If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
Cathy Freeman winning in Sydney
First Olympic Memory?
Cathy Freeman winning in Sydney
Most Influential person in your career/life
My parents
Why this sport?
I love the team dynamics, pace and skill involved