Hockey Queensland is ecstatic to announce seven Queenslanders have been named in the condensed 22 man Hockeyroos Squad for 2022. One of which is a North Brisbane local, Renee Taylor from Everton Park!
After coming from a hockey obsessed family, it was unavoidable that Renee would fall in love with the sport.
‘I’ve been playing hockey my entire life. My whole family plays so I started when I was around 4 or 5 years old for our local club in Melbourne and haven’t missed a season since,’ explains Renee.
This dedication to the game resulted in the skilled 25 year old climbing up the ranks in the hockey world and making her debut for the Hockeyroos in 2015 against China. Following this, Renee went on to play in many tournaments around the world, including; the Olympic Games in 2020 (2021), World Cup in 2018, Commonwealth Games in 2018, and the World League in 2015 & 2017 (to name just a few – we could keep listing them!). With this experience, she has established herself as a key member of the side in either defence or midfield and finished third in the 2018 Hockeyroos Player of the Year voting. Furthermore, she went on to win the Commonwealth Games silver in 2018. Unfortunately, a wrist injury in late 2018 forced her to miss the Champions Trophy.
Not just an incredible sportswoman, the former Everton Park State School and Mt Alvernia College student is also hitting goals off the field with her university studies. She is studying a double degree in Commerce and Laws (majoring in Accounting) at Curtin University in Western Australia. The Hockeyroos are based in Perth so she has been doing all her study over there. Nevertheless, as Renee explains, her home club is never far from her thoughts.
‘Although I am now based in Perth and play for Meville Hockey Club, my home club is Commercial Hockey Club down at Newmarket. I always try to pull on the purple and be around the club when I am home,’ said Renee.
Good luck Renee, you will makeAustralia proud!