BLYTH Madonna < Back  
Sport Hockey
CGA Australia   
Gender Women
Born 30 Nov 1985 in Brisbane, AUS
Height1.65 m
Weight 60 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Perth, WA, AUS
Occupation Athlete
Languages English
Higher education Justice Studies - University of Technology: Brisbane, QLD, AUS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She began playing at age five in Brisbane, QLD, Australia.
Why this sport? Her family was involved in hockey.
Club / Team Queensland Scorchers: Australia
Name of coach Lee Bodimeade [club], AUS; Adam Commens [national], AUS
Preferred position / style / stance / technique Midfielder
Handedness Right
International Debut
Year 2004
Competing for Australia
Tournament Champions Trophy
Location Rosario, ARG
General Interest
Nicknames Donny (hockeyqld.com.au, 24 Jun 2013)
Hobbies Walking her dogs. (hockey.org.au, 30 Dec 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement Competing at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. (Athlete, 03 July 2011)
Most influential person in career Her family. (Athlete, 03 July 2011)
Hero / Idol Australian surfer Layne Beachley. (Athlete, 03 July 2011)
Injuries She broke a rib in 2015. (hockeywa.org.au, 01 Aug 2015)

She tore her right hamstring at the Four Nations Tournament in Argentina in 2006, and has also suffered from a bulging disc in her back. (olympics.com.au, 17 Aug 2010)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs She always puts her left shoe, sock and shin guard on before her right. (hockey.org.au, 04 Nov 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Champions keep playing until they get it right." (kookaburra.biz, 27 Apr 2015)
Awards and honours She was nominated for the 2013 International Hockey Federation [FIH] Player of the Year award, and appeared in the FIH's 2010, 2009 and 2007 All-Star teams. (olympics.com.au, 09 Oct 2011; hockey.org.au, 08 Dec 2013)

She received the Player of the Tournament award at the 2009 Champions Trophy in Sydney, NSW, Australia. (olympics.com.au, 26 Sep 2013)

She was named as Australia's Player of the Year in 2008 and 2013. (Athlete, 31 July 2009; hockey.org.au, 30 Dec 2015)
Ambitions To win gold at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (hockey.org.au, 30 Dec 2015)
Other information CAPTAIN
She led Australia to gold medals at the 2013 Oceania Cup and the 2014 Commonwealth Games, and a silver medals at the 2012/13 World League Final in Tucuman, Argentina, and the 2014 World Cup in The Hague, Netherlands. (qasport.qld.gov.au, 27 Apr 2016)

RECORD HOLDER
At the semifinals stage of the 2014/15 World League in Antwerp, Belgium, she established a new record as the most-capped Australia women's player. The previous record of 303 was held by Nikki Hudson. (hockey.org.au, 30 Dec 2015; qasport.qld.gov.au, 27 Apr 2016)