16/04/2024
Brooke Peris is one of 16 Indigenous athletes headed to Tokyo

Brooke Peris is an Indigenous athlete representing Australia at the Tokyo Olympics, playing with the Hockeyroos Photo: Australian Olympic Commitee/Mark Metcalfe

A record number of Indigenous Athletes will compete at the Tokyo Olympics, with 16 representing Australia, the most since the Sydney 2000 Games.

For the first time, 16 Indigenous athletes will represent Australia on the Olympic stage when the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games gets underway on the 23rd of July.

Ash Barty

World number one will make her Olympic debut at the Tokyo games. Barty rose through the ranks in 2018 breaking into the top 20 in the world rankings before winning her first grand slam in 2019 at Roland Garros which led to her first number one season. She is currently chasing a second Grand Slam title at Wimbledon reaching the quarter-finals for the first time at The Championship.

Angeline Blackburn

Angeline Blackburn is another Olympics debutant, representing Australia in the 4x400m sprint. Most recently Blackburn won gold at the 2019 Oceania championships in the 4x400m event she’ll be looking to replicate that form on the world stage.

Taliqua Clancy

The 2020 Tokyo games will be Clancy’s second appearance at the Olympics after representing Australia in Beach Volleyball at the 2016 Rio Olympic games where alongside partner Louise Bawden finished 5th. In 2017 Clancy partnered with Mariafe Artacho del Solar, and the partnership has taken off, winning silver at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and bronze at the 2019 World Championships.

Clancy will be off to her second Olympics. Photo: olympics.com.au

Thomas Grice

After missing the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Grice will be making his Olympic debut in Trap Shooting. At the 2018 Commonwealth Games, he competed in Men’s Trap Shooting and ended up finishing 15th. In 2017 Grice won the first Mixed Pairs Trapped Shooting Championship with Penny Smith.

Maurice Longbottom

Making his Rugby Sevens debut and was a part of the Rugby 7’s side that came fifth at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and played in the Rugby Sevens World Championships in San Francisco the same year. Longbottom has 20 caps to his name and will make his Olympic debut in Tokyo.

Patrick Mills

This will be Mills’s 4th Olympic appearance for the Boomers as well as being one of Australia’s most well known Basketballers, Mills has played for the San Antonio Spurs since 2012, after spending time at Portland Trail Blazers, Melbourne Tigers and Xinjiang Flying Tigers.

Leilani Mitchell

Tokyo will be Mitchell’s second Olympic appearance after being a part of the Opals team that went to Rio in 2016. Outside of the Opals, Mitchell is playing for the Washington Mystics in the WNBA and has just made the move from the Championship winning Southside Flyers to the Bendigo Spirit in the WNBL where she will play alongside fellow Opal Tessa Lavey.

Brooke Peris

Peris will appear in her second Olympic Games in Tokyo after being a part of the Hockeyroos side that went to the 2016 games in Rios. Peris played in the Gold Medal winning Hockeyroos side at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and was a part of the Hockeyroos side that won Silver in 2018 on the Gold Coast.

Dylan Pietsch

The Tokyo Games will be Pietsch’s first Olympic games, after making his rugby sevens debut in 2017 in Wellington. Pietsch was a part of the six-match tournament that took place in New Zealand in May as well as the Oceania Sevens in Townsville.

Stacey Porter

This will be Porters third Olympics after competing in the Athens games in 2004 and Beijing in 2008. At the age of 22, Porter played a crucial role in the Australian Softball scoring the only home run in the gold medal match against the United States.

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Kyah Simon

Simon will be representing Australia in her second Olympics after being a part of the Matilda’s side that competed in the 2016 games in Rio. Simon secured Australia its first Asian Championship after scoring the winning goal in a penalty shootout.

Tarni Stepto

This will be Stepto first Olympics. Stepto was selected for her first NSW team in 2015 and then in 2016 won the Most Valuable Player, Best Pitcher and Best Player in the Grand Final at the Under 17 National Championship. It was in 2018 where Stepto was named in her first senior side at the Pacific Cup.

Brandon Wakeling

Wakeling is another Olympic debutant that will be competing in the -73kg Weightlifting division. Wakeling was a part of the squad that competed at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast. Wakeling won gold at the 2019 Pacific Games completing a 23kg Snatch and a 167kg Clean and Jerk.

Lydia Williams

This will be Williams second Olympic appearance after being a part of the Matildas squad that went to the 2016 games in Rio. Williams made her first Matildas squad at just the age of 15. Williams became the first-choice goalkeeper at the 2015 World Cup, competing in all but one game.

Mariah Williams

Tokyo will be the second Olympic appearance after being a part of the Hockeyroos squad that went to Rio in 2016. Williams received her first international cap at the age of 17 back in April 2013 during a Test Series against Korea in Perth. Williams quickly became a mainstay in the Hockeyroos lineup in 2015 and was a part of the team that won gold at the Oceania Cup.

Alex Winwood

Tokyo will be Winwood’s debut at the Olympic level after just missing out on the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Winwood spent the five years between the Olympics gaining more experience within the sport of Boxing having competed in the past two AIBA world championships. On his road to Tokyo 2020, Winwood won the Flyweight Title in December 2019.

Athlete Event Previous Olympic Experience
Ashleigh Barty Tennis Debut
Angeline Blackburn4x400mDebut
Taliqua ClancyBeach Volleyball Rio 2016
Thomas GriceTrap Shooting Debut
Maurice LongbottomRugby Sevens Debut
Patrick Mills Men’s BasketballBeijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016
Leilani MitchellWomen’s Basketball Rio 2016
Brooke Peris Women’s Hockey Rio 2016
Dylan PietschRugby Sevens Debut
Stacey Porter Softball Athens 2004, Beijing 2008
Kyah SimonWomen’s soccer Rio 2016
Tarni Stepto Softball Debut
Brandon WakelingWeightlifting Debut
Lydia Williams Women’s Soccer Rio 2016
Mariah Williams Women’s Hockey Rio 2016
Alex Winwood BoxingDebut

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