Gerringong's Grace Stewart will take part in her second Olympic Games with Hockeyroos

Gerringong's Grace Stewart is in the Hockeyroos' 16-person squad for Tokyo. Photo: World Sport Pics/Hockey Australia
Gerringong's Grace Stewart is in the Hockeyroos' 16-person squad for Tokyo. Photo: World Sport Pics/Hockey Australia

Gerringong's Grace Stewart is part of Australia's 16-person Hockeyroos squad that will be among the favourites to medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

Stewart, who competed at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, will be out to claim the Hockeyroos' fourth gold medal at the games when they compete at Oi Hockey Stadium from July 24 to August 6.

Chef de Mission of the Australian Olympic team Ian Chesterman congratulated the athletes on Monday's selection.

"Today is a fantastic recognition of the skill and resilience of these teams and players, and I congratulate them on making the Australian Olympic Team for Tokyo," Chesterman said.

"The Hockeyroos and Kookaburras hold a special place in Australia's Olympic tradition and these players will continue to build on that rich legacy.

"Thank you to Hockey Australia, the coaching and support staff, and the families, friends and supporters who have been there every step of the way with each of these 32 athletes."

Monday's announcement takes the number of athletes selected to 219 of an expected 450.

Hockeyroos head coach Katrina Powell, a two-time Olympic champion with the team in 1996 and 2000, was excited at the potential of this Hockeyroos team - which unfortunately doesn't feature Mollymook's Kalindi Commerford.

"There is a lot of talent in this group - a lot of potential, drive, enthusiasm and passion, so if we can harness all of that in what will be really tough conditions in Tokyo, you never know what can happen," Powell said.

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"There is some experience that both I and [assistant coach] Katie Allen can bring directly to the group.

"But everyone's Olympic experience is really different, so these players need to be themselves and be authentic.

"Given the matches we've just played against New Zealand and the different combinations on the field in each game, coupled with the team doing well is an indicator of how difficult it was to pick this team.

"To have those names on the sheet makes Tokyo very real and I'm really excited about the opportunity that's ahead of us."

Joining Stewart in the squad are Edwina Bone, Emily Chalker, Jane Claxton, Savannah Fitzpatrick, Kate Jenner, Stephanie Kershaw, Amy Lawton, Rachael Lynch, Rosie Malone, Kaitlin Nobbs, Brooke Peris, Karri Somerville, Penny Squibb, Renee Taylor and Mariah Williams.

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