Mackay born, Kirstin Dwyer made her Olympic debut at the Rio 2016 Games, after recording over 100 caps for the green and gold 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.
Filled with a passion for hockey at aged four, she joined her local hockey club. She grew up idolising Hockeyroos captain Madonna Blyth and says she never dreamt that one day she would be playing on the same team as her vastly experienced fellow Queenslander.
The 27-year-old was part of the recent Champion's Trophy team that finished in fourth place.
Accident-prone Dwyer [not related to Kookaburras’ forward Jamie] has the tendency to run into stationary objects around hockey and the home. Back home in Mackay, Dwyer has her own 'little' crowd which includes 27 of her cousins who play in the Mackay School Hockey competition.