Australian captain Lisa de Vanna will head to Rio as the only player in the side with Olympic experience having competed at the 2004 Athens Olympics where Australia finished 5th. At just 19, De Vanna came off the bench in all four matches and despite scoring in Australia’s quarter-final clash with Sweden her side went down 2-1 to be knocked out of the competition.
Since the Athens Games, the pacey forward has played club football around the world and been a consistent presence in the Australia side. She has laced up her boots in Sweden, England, the USA and at home in the W-League and made over 100 appearances for her national side including three World Cups and two Asian Cups.
De Vanna was a part of Australia’s first Asian Cup win in 2010, was nominated for the esteemed 2013 FIFA Puskas award for the most beautiful goal of the year and also won Australian women’s footballer of the year that season.
She was crucial to Australia’s historic run at the 2015 Women’s World Cup. De Vanna scored Australia’s only goal in their 3-1 defeat to eventual champions USA and her fifth minute goal in their 1-1 draw with Sweden ensured the side would progress through to the knockout phase of the competition. The side went on to make the quarter-finals where they were knocked out 1-0 by Japan. De Vanna’s performances didn’t go unnoticed as she was selected in the World Cup All Star squad.
She got the ball rolling for Australia at the Rio qualifiers when she opened the scoring for the Aussie side in their clash against Japan which they went on to win 3-1. She continued to cause trouble for the opposition throughout the campaign as Australia progressed to Rio undefeated.
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Fremantle, WA, Australia
Perth, WA, Australia
- 2004 Athens - 6th (football)
- 1st - Rio 2016 Olympic qualifiers (Japan)
- 1st – 2015/16 W-League Championship with Melbourne City
- 1st – 2015/16 W-League Premiership with Melbourne City
- 7th - 2015 World Cup (Canada)
- 2nd - 2014 Asian Cup (Japan)
- Competing at the World Cup in 2007, 2011 and 2015.
- Winning the 2010 Asian Cup.
- Qualifying for Rio 206 Olympic Games
- Newton Public School (WA, Australia)
- John Curtin (WA, Australia)
Alen Stajcic (2014 - current)
Primary Training Base
- Too many. If I play a good game I have to go through the same routine before the next game.
- Favourite food
- Thai food/ Italian and chicken kiev
- Favourite holiday destination
- Miami but also love the London life.
- Favourite music
- love the 80/90s
- Star Sign
- I would spend my last $10 on
- Donate it
- If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
- 100m sprinter
- First Olympic Memory?
- Meeting other great athletes
- Most Influential person in your career/life
- Family- mentor rose.
- Why this sport?
- It chose me.