2014 Northern Territory Athlete of the Year, Brooke Peris made her Olympic debut in Rio as a member of the Australian women’s hockey side.
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.
The Darwin-born forward is the cousin of former Olympic Hockeyroo gold medallist, Olympic athlete and Australian Senator Nova Peris. Nova was the first Indigenous athlete to win an Olympic gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Games and is big influence in Brooke’s sporting career.
In 2013, 19-years-old Peris made her international debut when she won gold at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival with a 2-1 victory over China. The same year she won gold at the Oceania Cup in New Zealand, and silver at the World League Finals in Argentina.
Peris won gold at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games and became an internet sensation whilst in Great Britain after capturing a ‘selfie’ with the Queen in the background with retired teammate Jayde Taylor.
After her hockey career, Peris hopes to have a career in primary school teaching.