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Grace Stewart

Age

27

Place of Birth

Nowra, Australia

Hometown

Gerringong, NSW

Junior Club

Gerringong Women's Hockey Club

Senior Club

North Coast Raiders, Perth

Coach

Katrina Powell

Olympic History

Rio 2016

Tokyo 2020

Paris 2024

High School

Kiama High School

Career Events

Hockey Women's 12-team Tournament

 

Grace's Story

A love of hockey runs through Grace and the Stewart family, with her two sisters Lilly and Demi also having represented NSW.

On her senior debut at the 2016 International Tri-Series in Singapore, 18-year-old Grace scored a goal to secure Australia a 1-all draw against Germany in the opening round of the tournament.

The forward moved from her hometown Gerringong to Perth in 2016 when she was promoted from the National Junior Squad and awarded a Hockey Australia Scholarship to train full-time with the senior team at the Western Australian base.

The then rookie from the NSW South Coast proved herself to be quick and agile in the goal circle, helping Australia defeat Great Britain in a six-game series in early 2016. A flurry of goals at the 2016 Hawkes Bay Cup, where Australia secured the bronze medal, cemented her position in the Hockeyroos for the final tournaments leading up to Rio 2016.

Her impressive performance at the 2016 Champions Trophy in London and the International Hockey Tournament in Darwin secured Grace her debut Olympic appearance in Brazil.

Grace and the Hockeyroos advanced to the quarter-finals in Rio, where they ran into a strong New Zealand side and lost 4-2.

She scored a hat-trick against Papua New Guinea in the Oceania Cup in October 2017 and collected more goals in the Test series against Japan in Adelaide a month later.

 

Grace was a member of the 2018 Commonwealth Games silver medal winning team and in 2019 backed this up with a silver medal at the International Hockey Federation (FIH) Pro League.

At Tokyo 2020 the Hockeyroos were undefeated in the preliminary matches and conceded one goal from five outings, progressing to the quarter-finals. The campaign ended with a 1-0 loss to a tenacious Indian team in the quarter-finals.
The result inspired Grace and the Hockeyroos to work even harder and in 2022 they collected bronze in the FIH Women’s World Cup.

Later that year, the Hockeyroos won silver at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games. They were undefeated in the pool games and after beating India in a penalty shootout in the semi-final, they went down to England 2-1 in the gold medal game.

Also in 2022, Grace was part of the NSW Pride team that won the Hockey One League Grand Final.

In 2023, the Hockeyroos finished third in the Women’s International Pro League, before clinching a place at the Paris Olympics by winning the Oceania Cup series against New Zealand.

They won the opening game 3-0, salvaged a 1-1 draw in the second before Grace was among the scorers as they beat New Zealand 3-2 to win the final game and seal the series.

Now focussing on her third Olympic campaign, Grace is trying not to get too obsessed with the thought of winning a gold medal.

"We try not to think about the gold medal too much because otherwise we get a bit too caught up on it," Stewart said.

"But I won't lie, the gold medal's always in the back of my mind. It's definitely the driving force behind everything I'm doing."

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