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Top Hockey Talent Set to Take on the World at Birmingham

21 June 2022

Looking to write their own chapter in Australia’s golden legacy at the Comm Games are the five Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS) supported athletes selected in the new-look Hockeyroos squad.

Claire Colwill, Madison Fitzpatrick, Renee Taylor, Stephanie Kershaw and Ambrosia Malone have been selected onto a dynamic Hockeyroos team blessed with experienced international stars and rising talent, and they will be seeking to reclaim the Commonwealth Games gold medal. With such a strong squad, the Hockeyroos will be a force to be reckoned with next month in Birmingham.

Long considered one of Australia’s most exciting teams, the Hockeyroos have claimed the gold medal in four of the six Commonwealth Games, since the sport debuted at the Kuala Lumpur 1998 Commonwealth Games.

After being denied a hat trick in the final at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, the Hockeyroos are determined to go one better at Birmingham 2022.

Selectors believe a youthful squad featuring 12 Commonwealth Games debutantes can challenge for the gold medal with the promise they have shown.

Three of those debutantes, QAS supported athletes Claire Colwill, Ambrosia Malone and Madison Fitzpatrick will be making their Commonwealth Games debut.

After only breaking into the Hockeyroos squad earlier this year, young rising star Claire Colwill only 18 years old is the youngest member of the team.

“I am thrilled to be selected for the Commonwealth Games and feel excited, albeit slightly daunted, to play with and against some of the greatest hockey players in the world,” said Colwill

“The Commonwealth Games brings joy, inspiration and community to those competing, officiating and spectating. Having the opportunity to represent my country with pride is an unparalleled experience, so I cannot wait to pull on the green and gold.”

QAS CEO Chelsea Warr is proud of the five QAS supported athletes who have been named in the Hockeyroo team set to take on the world.

“Congratulations to the 18 Hockeyroos who have been selected and especially to those five QAS supported athletes named for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games”, Warr said.

We are grateful for the opportunity to support these exceptional young women and wish them all the best as they represent Australia on the world stage”

Australian Team Chef de Mission Petria Thomas OAM is excited for the Hockeyroos squad who will be led at the Games by the first-time head coach and former Commonwealth Games gold medallist Katrina Powell.

“The Hockeyroos have enjoyed a wonderful legacy at the Commonwealth Games, led in the past by champions like current coach Trinny Powell, and I know this group will add their own chapter to that incredible history… I wish them all the best in Birmingham.”

The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will be held from Thursday 28 July to Monday 8 August with the Hockey competition to be conducted from Friday 29 August through Monday 8 August at the University of Birmingham Hockey and Squash Centre.

Last updated: 07 Jul 2022