Madonna Blyth burst onto the hockey scene when she was 15, winning gold at the 2001 Australian Youth Olympic Festival. The Queenslander debuted with the Hockeyroos in 2004, won a gold medal with the squad at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and made her Olympic debut at the 2008 Beijing Games, where Australia placed fifth.
The Hockeyroos’ captain since 2009, Blyth overtook Nikki Hudson’s all-time record of 303 appearances for the team at the 2015 World League Semi Finals in Belgium. Blyth is now known as Australia’s most capped female hockey player, approaching 350 caps.
The midfielder captained the squad at her second Olympics in London. Having only lost one game (by one goal) and only conceding two goals for the entire tournament (both from penalty corners), the Hockeyroos missed out on the medal rounds on a goal difference of one goal and finished in fifth.
The three-time Commonwealth Games gold medalist has been a permanent fixture in the side for over a decade. Having also competed at three World Cups, it is only fitting for the skipper to contend her third Olympics in Rio.
Rated as one of the best players of her generation, the Brisbane-born athlete has been named in the World All Stars team on three occasions (2007, 2009 and 2010) and was crowned the Hockeyroos Player of the Year in 2013.
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Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Perth, WA, Australia
- 2008 Beijing – 5th (hockey) 2012 London – 5th (hockey)
- 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)