Juliet Haslam

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Juliet Haslam OAM
Personal information
Nationality Australia
Born 31 May 1969

Juliet Haslam OAM (born 31 May 1969 in Adelaide, South Australia) is a former field hockey defender and midfielder from Australia, who competed in three consecutive Summer Olympics, starting in 1992, for her native country. She was a member of the Australia women's national field hockey team, best known as the Hockeyroos, that won the gold medals at the 1996 and 2000 Summer Olympics.[1] As well as being a dual Olympic Gold Medallist, she won a Commonwealth Games Gold Medal, two World Cup Gold Medals, five Champions Trophy Gold Medals and was named in the Australian Women’s ‘Team of the Century’.


Juliet lives in Adelaide, South Australia and is married to former AFL footballer Andrew Obst who played for Melbourne Football Club and Port Adelaide Football Club.

Field Hockey[edit]

Club Hockey[edit]

Juliet started playing hockey at the age of 10.

State Hockey[edit]

She played in junior state and under age Australian teams.

In 1995, Juliet was the Captain of the Australian Hockey League team the Southern Suns that won the national championship.

She is on the South Australian Sports Institute Olympic Games Honour Roll.[2]

International Hockey[edit]

Juliet first played for Australia in 1989 and retired after the 2000 Sydney Olympics having played 220 games for Australia. She celebrated her 200th game for Australia in the 1999 Oceania Cup against New Zealand.

She is one of only three South Australians, and one of only 16 females to have played over 200 international games for Australia.[3][4]

Her achievements include:

  • Playing in 6 Champions Trophy Tournaments from 1989 - 1999 winning 5 of those tournaments(1991,1993,1995,1997,1999)
  • Competing in her first Olympic Games in Barcelona in 1992 and finishing 5th
  • 1994 - World Cup - Ireland - Gold
  • 1996 - Olympic Gold medal - Atlanta
  • 1998 - World Cup - Holland - Gold
  • 1998 - Commonwealth Games - Kuala Lumpur - Gold (Co-Captain)
  • 2000 - Olympic Games Gold - Sydney

At the 2000 Olympics, Juliet scored a goal in the gold medal decider in her final match before retiring.


Juliet is actively involved in the community serving in a number of ways. She has been on the Board of Hockey SA since early 2013.[5]

She is an ambassador to the Premier's Reading Challenge,[6] Roger Rasheed foundation which helps give kids a sporting chance,[7] and Port Adelaide Football Club.[5]


In 1996, she was named the Telstra's Player's Player Award and inducted into Australian Sporting Hall of Fame.

As part of the Australia Day honours in January 1997, Juliet was given the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to sport as a Gold Medalist at the Atlanta Olympic Games.[8] Also in 1997, she was awarded SASI Female Athlete of the Year.

In 2000, she was awarded:

  • SA Great Female Athlete of the Year
  • SASI Female Athlete of the Year
  • SA Great Sports Star of the Year [6]

In 2004, Juliet was named SA Greatest Ever Hockey Player.[6]

In 2010, Juliet was one of the inaugural inductees to the KPMG South Australian Sport Hall of Fame, a recognition that represents the highest level of recognition and is there to promote the outstanding achievements of the State's greatest athletes and general members.[9]

As a member of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games gold medal winning Hockeyroos, Juliet was named in the Australian Women’s ‘Team of the Century’ at the 2013 ‘Centenary of Canberra Sportswomen’s Ball’ conducted at The Great Hall, Parliament House in Canberra.[10][11]