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Our most decorated Olympian


13 July 2012

Liane Tooth is arguably our most decorated Olympian - having competed at four Olympics and won gold at Seoul in 1988 and Atlanta in 1996.
Liane Tooth is arguably our most decorated Olympian - having competed at four Olympics and won gold at Seoul in 1988 and Atlanta in 1996.

Four-time Olympian Liane Tooth is one of Australia's most successful athletes. The University of Sydney alumna won two gold medals with the Australian women's hockey team (the Hockeyroos) in Seoul in 1988 and Atlanta in 1996. During an outstanding career, she represented Australia 160 times and scored 21 international goals.

She was also one of the eight flag-bearers at the opening ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and was the flag-raiser in the Olympic Village at the Atlanta Games.

Liane (BEd [PhysEd] '83) began playing hockey at school in Sydney, and has since devoted much of her professional life to development within the sports industry. Her roles have included increasing sporting opportunities and recognition for girls and women; developing sporting officials and coaches; and, in her current role, improving high performance systems and pathways within Western Australia's sporting organisations.

Liane believes that sporting facilities and opportunities are critically important for university students.

"It's important for the students' academic and sporting development," says Liane. "It's also a great avenue to develop other life skills as well as social networks and friendships.

"I was regularly involved in recreational activities held on 'the Square' -- it was a great way to take a break, get to know people and have some fun."

Fellow alumni Megan Rivers (BAppSc [Ex&SpSc] '03) and Matthew Butturini (BSc '09) are representing Australia and the University of Sydney in hockey at the London 2012 games.


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Enquiries: David Sams, 02 9351 3703, david.sams@sydney.edu.au