Alongside veteran Lydia Williams, Mackenzie Arnold is one of two Australian goalkeepers at Rio and at just 22 will make her Olympic debut at the 2016 Games.
She first appeared on the Australian football scene in 2011 when she first lined up in the W-League for Perth Glory. A year later she was awarded the W-League Goalkeeper of the Year award for Canberra United. After a stint with the Western Sydney Wanderers she returned to current club Perth in 2014, again winning the Goalkeeper of the Year award for the 2014-15 season.
Arnold made her Australian debut in 2012 when the side was on tour in the US and has since made ten appearances in the green and gold.
Highlighting her credentials as one of the nation’s finest she made both Australian squads for the 2014 Asian Cup and 2015 World Cup. With Williams not missing a minute of both tournaments, Arnold did not get onto the pitch.
Arnold got her chance at the 2016 Olympic Qualifiers when she played in two of Australia’s six matches as the Aussie side went through the tournament undefeated. She kept a clean sheet against Vietnam in the side’s emphatic 9-0 win and, having already qualified, she played in Australia’s 1-1 draw with China.
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Gold Coast, QLD, Australia
- Rio 2016 will be Olympic debut.
- 1st - Rio 2016 Olympic qualifiers (Japan)
- 7th - 2015 World Cup (Canada)
- 1st – 2014 W-League Premiership with Perth Glory
- Making Australian debut in 2012 in China
- Making history vs Brazil at the 2015 World Cup
- Qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympics
- St Andrews Lutheran College (QLD, Australia)
- Palm Beach Currumbin High (QLD, Australia)
- Cert 4 in Fitness - Gold Coast TAFE (2013-2015)
Alan Stajcic (2014 - current)
Perth Glory, Perth, WA, AUS
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