A constant presence in the national side for the past decade, defender Clare Polkinghorne will approach 100 caps for her country as she makes her Olympic debut at Rio.
At 17 Polkinghorne made her national team debut in 2006 and then went on to play at her first World Cup in 2007. Her role at the back in the 2010 Asian Cup was crucial as the side won the title for the first time.
After again lining up in the green and gold at the 2011 World Cup and the 2014 Asian Cup, where Australia lost the final to Japan, injury ruined her 2015 World Cup campaign. She was selected for the team but a hamstring strain in the days leading into the tournament meant she did not get on the pitch for any of the side’s five matches.
Having spent her W-League career with the Brisbane Roar, she got the chance to play in Japan in 2014 and for the Portland Thorns in the US in 2015.
Her consistency at the back over the years has helped the side steadily rise up to the fifth ranked nation in the world – the side’s highest ranking ever.
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Brisbane, QLD, Australia
BRISBANE, QLD, Australia
- Rio 2016 will be Olympic debut.
- 1st - Rio 2016 Olympic qualifiers (Japan)
- 7th - 2015 World Cup (Canada)
- 2nd - 2014 Asian Cup (Japan)
- Playing at three FIFA Women's World Cups in 2007, 2011 and 2015
- Winning the AFC Women's Asian Cup in China 2010
- Qualifying for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
- St. Martins Catholic Primary School (Brisbane, Australia)
- Lourdes Hill College (Brisbane, Australia)
- Bachelor Psychological Science with Honours - Griffith University (2007- 2013), Bachelor Criminology and Criminal Justice (2007-2012), Masters of Criminology and Criminal Justice (current)
Alen Stajcic (2014 - current)
Primary Training Base
- Personal Motto
- Never give up
- Star Sign
- I would spend my last $10 on