Hockey player inducted into Sports Hall of Fame

University of the Sunshine Coast

Olympic and Commonwealth Games hockey legend Jodie Kenny (nee Schulz) has been inducted into the Sunshine Coast Sports Hall of Fame.

Her achievements were celebrated at a Sunshine Coast Sports Federation ceremony on campus last night at an event attended by about 150 people.

Kenny, 34, who developed her hockey skills as a junior on the Sunshine Coast, had a stellar international career from 2011 to 2020.

She scored a total of 111 goals in 235 matches for the Hockeyroos, was the team’s top goal scorer for 2014 and 2015, and is ranked as the team’s second-highest scorer ever.

Kenny represented Australia at two Olympic Games – London in 2012 and Rio in 2016 – where the Hockeyroos finished fifth and sixth respectively.

At the Commonwealth Games, she and her teammates won gold in Glasgow in 2014 and silver on the Gold Coast in 2018.

And she helped guide the Australian team to the final matches of the Oceania Cup in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2019, the Hockey Champions Trophy in 2014 and 2018, the FIH Pro League in 2019, and the Hockey World Cup in 2014.

Among her many accolades was being named the Hockeyroos’ World Cup Player of the Year in 2014 and becoming a co-captain of the team in 2019 until her retirement in 2020.

At state level, Kenny represented the Queensland Scorchers and the Brisbane Blaze for 10 seasons, winning four national titles and being named Hockey Queensland’s Female Player of the Year five times.

The Hall of Fame ceremony also included the presentation of Certificate of Merit awards to Greg Furner from the Noosa District Rugby League Club and Charles Hacker of the Lake Cootharaba Sailing Club in recognition of their contributions to the success of their sports on the Sunshine Coast.

– Terry Walsh

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