As one of the newest and youngest players in the Hockeyroos squad, Mariah Williams will join a team of mostly debutants when she competes in her maiden Olympic Games in Rio 2016.
At just 17 years of age, the forward received her first international cap during a test serried against Korea in Perth. However she placed her hockey career on pause just long enough to graduate from high school.
She secured her regular fixture in the Australian team during 2015, when she competed in every major international tournament, winning gold in the Oceania Cup, bronze in the World League Semi-Final and placing sixth in the World League Final.
Born in Parkes in Central West NSW, Williams grew up loving touch football and soccer, as well as hockey. She has always admired, duel Olympian and teammate Casey Sablowski for her talent and mentoring capabilities.
Williams helped Australia to a 3-2 victory over China during an early 2016 series, but had to sit out the 2016 International Hockey Open in Darwin in June due to a knee injury. However was back in the squad for the 2016 Champions Trophy in London where Australia placed 4th.
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Parkes, NSW, Australia
St James, WA, Australia
- Rio 2016 will be olympic debut
- 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)
Adam Commens - 2013
- Favourite food
- Anything with lamb
- Favourite holiday destination
- Haven't been but I want to go to Bora Bora
- Favourite music
- Hip Hop
- Dream car
- Range Rover
- Personal Motto
- If you want to be the best, you have to train harder than the rest!
- Star Sign
- I would spend my last $10 on
- 7 tattoos. Behind my left ear saying 'Family First', left rib is a rose, left wrist is 'CDLXVI' meaning 466 which is my Australian debut number, right bicep 'The pain you feel today, Will be the strength you feel tomorrow' got that one during rehab, right rib 'She flies with her own wings' and a frangipani for my Nan, right wrist sisters sign and right hip 3 birds.
- If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
- Beach Volley Ball
- First Olympic Memory?
- Watching Emily Smith play for Hockeyroos
- Most Influential person in your career/life
- Obviously my Mum and Dad but Casey Sablowski is pretty influential to me as well.
- Why this sport?
- My family played