Renita Garard (Farrell)

Athlete Biography

1972 -

Renita Farrell-Garard won successive gold medals with the Hockeyroos in 1996 and 2000. For her first success in Atlanta she was known by her maiden name of Farrell, but changed her name after marrying Brendan Garard, who won a bronze medal as a member of the Australian men’s hockey team in 1996, before the Sydney Games. The Queenslander was one of the core members of the Hockeyroos that dominated international competitions during the late ‘90s. She was co-vice captain of the team in Atlanta. Her stamina, stickwork and ability under pressure were features of her outstanding career. She is one of the few women to have won two gold medals in the sport at Olympic level.