South Australian Molly Goodman made her first Olympic Games appearance at the Rio 2016 Games as a part of the women’s eight. The crew had only two weeks to prepare for their Olympic campaign, after the Russian boat was banned from competing at the Games. In their first heat, the Aussies flew out of the start in a bid to chase down favourite USA, as well as Netherlands and Romania. The crew of Fiona Albert, Jessica Morrison, Alexandra Hagan, Meaghan Volker, Molly Goodman, Olympia Aldersey, Lucy Stephan, Charlotte Sutherland and coxswain Sarah Banting made a competitive start however with limited race preparation managed a fourth place finish. The boat required a top four finish in the repechage to qualify for the A-final. As they approached the final 500 metres, the top four crews pulled ahead and the Australians were left to finish fifth in what was a valiant effort for a crew that had only been training together for 10 days.
Molly Goodman made her international debut in 2011 at the Junior World Championships in the quad sculls and in 2013 she was fourth in the final of the women’s eight at the U23 World Championships. Goodman made her first senior A team in 2014 competing at the Lucerne World Cup and the World Championships in the women’s eight.
Having competed in the women’s pair at the 2015 World Championships she went on to compete in the eight as they finished third at the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta as they just missed a Rio 2016 spot. The boat was a late call up to the Games after Russia was removed from the competition.