Born and bred into a sporting family, Karri McMahon picked up her first hockey stick at six year-old; however it wasn’t until she was 15 that she truly found her love for Hockey. In 2016 she made her Olympic debut in Rio alongside a number of other debutants in the women’s side.
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.
The Queensland-born defender moved to Berri, South Australia during her school years, where her passion for hockey developed. She won gold in her International debut at the 2012 Champions Challenge in Dublin, Ireland.
In 2013 she competed at the Junior World Championships with the Jillaroos in Germany, finishing in sixth place. The same year she was crowned the best player in the Australian National Hockey League. The South Aussie had a very strong 2014 season, winning gold at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, and silver at the Netherlands World Cup and Champions Trophy in Argentina.
2015 was a difficult season for McMahon, with a number of on-field injuries; early on in the year she took a lifted hit to the chin, which results in a double fracture to her jaw. A ball to the head required stitched and a stress fracture in her foot saw her sitting out of the Singapore Series in February, 2016.
After her hockey career she dreams of becoming a paramedic and is currently studying a bachelor of Paramedic Studies at Flinders University South Australia.