Rechelle Hawkes

1967 -

In the 24 years since women's hockey was added to the Olympic program, Australia is the only nation to have won the gold medal more than once. It has done so three times - in Seoul in 1988, Atlanta in 1996 and Sydney in 2000 - and the teams involved have come to be compared with some of the nation's greatest sporting combinations ever. Only one athlete was a member of all three gold medal teams: Rechelle Hawkes, born in Albany in Western Australia and the veteran of more than 250 international matches. The Hockeyroos' 3-1 victory over Argentina in the 2000 Games final represented a fitting finale to her magnificent career. Because of it, Hawkes, the only survivor from the Seoul gold-medal side, joined Dawn Fraser and Andrew Hoy as a member of the exclusive band of athletes who have won gold medals at three separate Olympics. (They have since been joined, after Athens 2004, by James Tomkins).

The record of the Hockeyroos during Hawkes' career with them was indeed daunting. Over 12 years, culminating in the Sydney gold medal, the women won three out of four Olympic tournaments, clinched two World Cups, five Champions Trophies and won the first Commonwealth Games title. Fittingly, Hawkes was chosen to perform a significant role in the Sydney 2000 Opening Ceremony - she swore an oath on behalf of all competitors to uphold the values of sport. After the final she tossed her stick into the crowd and announced her retirement: "It's time to go. I just don't want to train any more."     

Harry Gordon, AOC historian

Olympic Results

Sydney 2000 - Summer Olympic Games

Hockey - Women
Preliminaries Pool C - Match 10 - AUS V GBR HT: 1-0, Goals: Hudson 18', Powell 51' GBR 2-1 Win
Preliminaries Pool C - Match 20 - AUS V ESP HT: 1-1, Goals: Annan 7' ESP 1-1 Draw
Preliminaries Pool C - Match 28 - AUS V ARG HT: 2-0, Goals: Morris 25', Starre 33', Mitchell-Taverner 63' ARG 3-1 Win
Preliminaries Pool C - Match 36 - AUS V KOR HT: 2-0, Goals: Powell 8', Peek 22', Hudson 70+ KOR 3-0 Win
Medal Pool - Match 45 - AUS V NZL HT: 0-0, Goals: Hudson 50', 52', Powell 62' NZL 3-0 Win
Medal Pool - Match 52 - AUS V NED HT: 1-0, Goals: Annan 35+, 65', Hawkes 37', Powell 40', Morris 70' NED 5-0 Win
Medal Pool - Match 63 - AUS V CHN HT: 3-0, Goals: Hudson 2', 28', Towers 9', Morris 42', Mitchell-Taverner 48' CHN 5-1 Win
Gold Medal Match HT: 2-0, Goals: Annan 10', Haslam 26', Morris 38', Mitchell-Taverner 44' ARG 3-1 Win  
Final Placing 1 / 12

Atlanta 1996 - Summer Olympic Games

Hockey - Women
Preliminaries - Match 02 - AUS V ESP HT: 1-0, Goals: Andrews 32', Powell 54', Hawkes 65', Annan 69' ESP 4-0 Win
Preliminaries - Match 07 - AUS V ARG HT: 3-0, Goals: Farrell 9', Powell K 25', Annan 34' 49' 50', Roche 61', Powell L 63' ARG 7-1 Win
Preliminaries - Match 09 - AUS V GER HT: 1-0, Goals: Roche 25' GER 1-0 Win
Preliminaries - Match 15 - AUS V KOR HT: 2-0, Goals: Annan 32', Morris 35', Powell K 70' KOR 3-3 Draw
Preliminaries - Match 18 - AUS V GBR HT: 1-0, Goals: Andrews 29' GBR 1-0 Win
Preliminaries - Match 22 - AUS V USA HT: 4-0, Goals: Morris 3', Powell K 9', Powell L 17', Starre 24' USA 4-0 Win
Preliminaries - Match 28 - AUS V NED HT: 0-0, Goals: Morris 45', Roche 60', Andrews 63', Annan 68' NED 4-0 Win
Final HT: 1-1, Goals: Annan 17', Annan 44', Powell K 63' KOR 3-1 Win  
Final Placing 1 / 8

Barcelona 1992 - Summer Olympic Games

Hockey - Women
Preliminaries Group A - AUS V CAN HT: 0-0, Goals: Tooth, Haslam CAN 2-0 Win
Preliminaries Group A - AUS V GER HT: 0-0 GER 0-1 Loss
Preliminaries Group A - ESP V AUS HT: 1-0 ESP 1-0 Loss
Classification 5-8 HT: 3-0, Goals: Hager, Pereira 3, Hawkes NZL 5-1 Win
Classification 5-6 HT: 0-0, Goals: Annan, Powell L NED 2-0 Win
Final Placing 5 / 8

Seoul 1988 - Summer Olympic Games

Hockey - Women
Preliminaries Group B - Match 03 - AUS V FRG HT: 0-0, Goals: Bowman FGR 1-0 Win
Preliminaries Group B - Match 02 - AUS V CAN HT: 0-1, Goals: Bowman CAN 1-1 Draw
Preliminaries Group B - Match 06 - AUS V KOR HT: 4-3, Goals: Clement, Bowman, Pereira 3 KOR 5-5 Draw
Semi Final HT: 1-1, Goals: Tooth, Patmore 2 HOL 2-3 Win
Gold Medal Match HT: 0-0, Goals: Bowman, Capes L KOR 2-0 Win  
Final Placing 1 / 8