Rachael Lynch

A decade after making her senior international debut, Rachel Lynch finally got her chance to play in her maiden Olympics in Rio 2016 as the Australian goal keeper.
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 Melbourne, Lynch took up hockey after being selected in the primary schools state team. She placed fourth in the 2005 Junior World Cup in Chile before making her international senior team debut at the 2005 Champions Trophy in the Netherlands.
The goalie is a duel Commonwealth Games gold medalist. In Dehli 2010, she played her 100th cap for Australia in the gold medal match, where the Aussies were victorious after Lynch saved the most goals in the extra time penalty shootouts.
The Victorian won silver at the 2014 Netherlands World Cup, and was named the Goalkeeper of the Tournament by the International Hockey Federation. That year she was also nominated for International Goal Keeper of the year.
Off the hockey pitch, Lynch is a nurse at the Royal Perth Hospital in Western Australia. In her down time she plays guitar and learns Spanish.

 

Olympic Results

2016 Rio

Hockey - Women
Pool WB Match GBR v AUS HT: 1-0, Goals: Morgan 33' GBR 2-1 Loss
Pool WB Match AUS v USA HT: 0-1, Goals: Slattery 43' USA 1-2 Loss
Pool WB Match IND v AUS HT: 0-2, Goals: Slattery 5', Morgan 9', Claxton 35', Parker 36', Kenny 43', 44' IND 1-6 Win
Pool WB Match AUS v ARG HT: 0-0, Goals: Smith 33' ARG 1-0 Win
Pool WB Match AUS v JPN HT: 1-0, Goals: Williams 17', Smith 55' JPN 2-0 Win
Quarterfinal HT: 2-0, Goals: Slattery 33', 59' NZL 4-2 Loss
Final Placing 6 / 12