London Olympian Emily Smith will make her second Games appearance in Rio 2016. A key component to the side’s forward line, she will often be seen leaping and diving over opponents in the attacking circle to secure goals for Australia.
The Aussies had a tough start to their 2016 Olympic campaign, going down 2-1 against both Great Britain and the USA in their opening two pool matches. Despite this disappointment, the side went on to secure three consecutive wins against India, Argentina and Japan, leaving them to face trans-tasman rivals New Zealand in the quarter final. Hopes of a medal finish were dashed as the Aussies went down 4-2 to the Kiwis, leaving the ladies to finish in 6th place.
Born in the small NSW country town of Crookwell, Smith started playing hockey as a five-year-old because her mum and sister both played. She played on the grass fields in her hometown for 14 years.
The forward made her senior debut at the 2011 Oceania Cup in Tasmania against New Zealand. The 19-year-old scored her first international goal in the second game of the competition, and came home with the silver medal from the tournament
As one of the youngest in the London squad (19), Smith made her Olympic debut in 2012, where Australia finished in fifth place. She helped Australia win gold at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games and silver at the 2014 World Cup in the Netherlands.
Away from the hockey pitch, Smith has a passion the great outdoors. She loves spending time at the beach with her dog Leo and often goes camping, fishing and jet skiing with her family and friends.