With four years of international experience already under her belt, 22-year-old defender Steph Catley will make her Olympic debut at Rio having been one of the side’s most consistent performers in recent years.
Catley made her debut for W-League side Melbourne Victory in 2009 at just 15 and went on to make over 60 appearances for the club. Having previously played in the midfield, her switch to defence paid dividends when she won the 2011/12 season Footballer of the Year award and made her Australian debut midway through 2012.
She played in four of Australia’s five matches at the 2014 Asian Cup as Australia lost to Japan 1-0 in the final. Having continued to impress on the international stage she was signed for US side Portland Thorns for the 2014-15 season. She set a club record for more assists in consecutive games with four and won the side’s Newcomer of the Year award.
Catley lined up in her first World Cup in 2015 where she started in each of Australia’s five matches as the side won a knockout match at the competition for the first time.
The Melburnian, who now plays for the Orlando Pride, made history midway through 2015 when she became the first Australian female footballer to grace the cover of the famous football video game FIFA.
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East Melbourne, VIC, Australia
- Rio 2016 will be Olympic debut.
- 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)
- Tucker Road Primary School (VIC, Australia)
- Bentleigh Secondary College (VIC, Australia)
- Bachelor of Education (Primary) (2014-)
Orlando Pride & Melbourne City
Primary Training Base
Orlando, United States
Secondary Training Base
- Left football boot always goes on first and lucky sports bra.
- Favourite food
- Smashed avocado, feta and poached eggs.
- Favourite music
- Everything besides heavy metal and country.
- Dream car
- Range Rober Evoque
- Personal Motto
- I love the quote "There are no shortcuts to any place worth going." I have it engraved on the back of my iPod so when I'm running and putting in the extra training, I can look at it and remember what I'm working for.
- Star Sign
- I would spend my last $10 on
- A pack of orange tic tac's and a bus ticket to the library to print my resume and apply for job.
- Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
- Derek Redmond
- First Olympic Memory?
- Ian Thorpe 2004 Olympics
- Most Influential person in your career/life
- My brother - Daniel. He keeps me grounded and values humility. He genuinely makes me a better athlete and person on and off the field.
- Why this sport?
- I love football for so many reasons. It's a sport filled with mental and physical challenges but it requires perfecting so many different skills which means there's always something to improve on. But mostly I love it because of the bonds and friendships I make within every team I play in.