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Hawkes, Rechelle (1967 - )

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Born
30 May 1967
Albany, Western Australia, Australia
Occupation
Hockey Player and Olympian

Summary

Described as 'the cornerstone of Australia's golden era in women's hockey', Rechelle Hawkes was one of the world's most highly decorated hockey players. She had her international debut in 1985 and retired in 2000, playing an Australian record 279 international matches and winning multiple gold medals in major competitions along the way. She won three Olympic Games gold medals (1988, 1996, 2000), two World Cups (1994, 1998) and five Champions Trophies (1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999). She was a member of the team that won gold at the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur in 1998. She is the most successful female player in international Hockey history

Hawkes had bad luck with injuries early in her career, but this did not stop her from taking her place in the team that won Olympic gold in 1988 in Seoul. In 1993, she was appointed team captain and led the team that compiled an unbeaten streak of 31 games leading into the Atlanta Olympics in 1996, and which eventually went on to beat South Korea 3-1 in the final.

After Atlanta, Hawkes took some time off the game to contemplate her future. She decided to go for Olympic gold one more time and was given the honour of reading the Athletes' Oath at the opening ceremony in Sydney. Two weeks later, she played her last international game and claimed her third Olympic gold medal.

Hawkes was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Western Australian Hall of Champions in 2005.

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Events

1988
Gold Medalist at the Seoul Olympic Games - Member of the Hockeyroos
1991 - 1999
Member of the team that won the Champion's Trophy five times in succession
1992
Participated at the Barcelona Olympic Games
1993
Appointed captain of the Australian team
1994
Member of the Wold Cup Championship Team
1996
Gold Medalist at the Atlanta Olympic Games - Member of the Hockeyroos
1998
Member of the Commonwealth Games Gold Medal winning Team at Kuala Lumpur
1998
Member of the Wold Cup Championship Team
2000
Gold Medalist at the Sydney Olympic Games - Member of the Hockeyroos
2002
Inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame
2004
Awarded an Order of Australia Medal
2005
Inducted into the Western Australian Hall of Champions

Sources used to compile this entry: Australia at the Games, with Gordon, Harry, Australian Olympic Committee, 2006, http://corporate.olympics.com.au/index.cfm?p=25.

Digital resources

Title
Champions Trophy 1999 Rechelle Hawkes AIS women
Type
Image
Date
June 1999
Place
Brisbane, Queensland
Source
Australian Sports Commission

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Title
Picture of Rechelle Hawkes
Type
Image
Date
c. 2000

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Nikki Henningham

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