A decade after making her senior international debut, Rachel Lynch will compete at her maiden Olympics in Rio 2016 when she kits up as the Hockeyroos goal keeper.
Born in Melbourne, Lynch took up hockey after being selected in the primary schools state team. She placed fourth in the 2005 Junior World Cup in Chile before making her international senior team debut at the 2005 Champions Trophy in the Netherlands.
The goalie is a duel Commonwealth Games gold medalist. In Dehli 2010, she played her 100th cap for Australia in the gold medal match, where the Hockeyroos were victorious after Lynch saved the most goals in the extra time penalty shootouts.
The Victorian won silver at the 2014 Netherlands World Cup, and was named the Goalkeeper of the Tournament by the International Hockey Federation. That year she was also nominated for International Goal Keeper of the year.
Off the hockey pitch, Lynch is a nurse at the Royal Perth Hospital in Western Australia. In her down time she plays guitar and learns Spanish.
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Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Perth, WA, Australia
- Rio 2016 will be Olympic debut
- 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)
- Playing my 100th cap for Australia in the gold medal match of the 2010 Commonwealth Games and winning in strokes after extra time.
- Winning Commonwealth Games Gold in Scotland (2014) and India (2010)
- World Cup Silver 2014 Holland
- Warrandyte Primary School (VIC, Australia)
- Eltham College of Education (VIC, Australia)
- Bachelor of Nursing - Australian Catholic University (2006-2009)
Adam Commens (2011- current)
Victorian Institute of Sport
Primary Training Base
Secondary Training Base
- More just a routine. I always put my gear on in the same order.
- Favourite food
- Licorice and yoghurt
- Favourite holiday destination
- My favourite place in the world is our friend's farm near Kaniva in North Western Victoria. There is no phone coverage or internet and the TV is pretty fuzzy. I love learning about farm life and helping out around the property. A very close second is Tokyo and Nozawa Onsen. I really enjoy the vibe and culture in Tokyo and Nozawa is a beautiful village with the best snowboarding conditions going around.
- Favourite music
- love all types
- Dream car
- Any 4WD
- Personal Motto
- If it doesn't hurt it doesn't work
- Star Sign
- I would spend my last $10 on
- Licorice bullets and a scratchy
- None. My nan would never approve.
- If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
- Most Influential person in your career/life
- Rachel Imison