Who is Casey Sablowski?
Casey is a world class field hockey player and the golden girl of Australian hockey. Born in March 1989, Casey, formerly Casey Eastham is a midfielder of the Hockeyroos (the Australian women’s field hockey team).
Since making her debut for the Hockeyroos in 2008 she has been a key member of the team. Australian coach, Adam Commons, says she’s strong, fast and a world class player and she can become the best player in the world. Many fans think she already has the skill level to be called the world’s best player.
Vocal chord dysfunction affected her breathing and her coaches feared her international career would be cut short. However, Casey went on to to win gold at the last Commonwealth games in Scotland which she described as a career highlight as she’d come through a particularly bad year with the death of her Father.
Casey’s model looks have provided her with a career off the field too.
Achievements at international level:
She scored four goals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and at the 2009 Women’s Champions Trophy in Sydney. Sablowski again scored four goals making her the second highest goal scorer at the tournament and Australia’s highest goal scorer which was a great achievement while playing in the midfield.
She was a very important member of the Hockeyroos that competed in the 2009 Champions Trophy in Sydney that won silver against Argentina. In 2009 Sablowski was named the International Young Player of the Year and was named in the International All Star Team.
At the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, she was a member of the Australian team that won the gold medal by defeating New Zealand 4–2 on penalty strokes.
In 2012 she competed for Australia at the 2012 Summer Olympics where the team finished a disappointing 5th.
In 2014, she was part of the midfield for the Australian team that won gold at the 20 th Commonwealth Games in Scotland. She scored the first penalty in the shoot out that decided the final against England.
In 2016, she played in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games where Australia finished 4 th.
In 2018 Casey stepped away from the Hockeyroos after the Rio Olympics to start a family. She always hoped to return but unfortunately terrible knee injuries prevented her from playing so she has moved into a coaching role at Hockey NSW midway through 2018.
Maybe Casey Can Continue in Tokyo…
She recently said, “I’m not shutting any doors, but it will be determined by my body and if my knees hold up. If they don’t, I’ll still get to mentor the youngsters coming through on the field. I’ve been doing a fair bit of coaching, but it’s different when you’re off the field as opposed to on the field with them.”