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History-making Aussie Olympic gold medal winner dies aged 63 from cancer

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History-making Aussie Olympic gold medal winner dies aged 63 after fighting cancer ‘until her very last breath’

  • Australian hockey legend Sandy Pisani, 63, has died after battle with cancer
  • Pisani won Olympic gold in 1988 and was Hockeyroos captain from 1985-86
  • Was also head selector when Hockeyroos won gold at 1996 and 2000 Olympics

Olympic hockey champion Sandy Pisani has died aged 63. 

Pisani was a member of the Hockeyroos team that won Australia’s first Olympic gold medal in the sport at the 1988 Seoul Games.

She also captained the Hockeyroos from 1985-86 and competed at the 1984 Los Angeles Games.

Australian Olympic hockey champion Sandy Pisani has died aged 63 following a two-year battle with cancer

Australian Olympic hockey champion Sandy Pisani has died aged 63 following a two-year battle with cancer

Pisani captained the Hockeyroos from 1985 to 1986, and won gold for Australia at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul

Pisani captained the Hockeyroos from 1985 to 1986, and won gold for Australia at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul 

From 1981-1988 she earned 105 Australian caps.

Pisani was head selector when the Hockeyroos won gold medals at the 1996 and 2000 Olympics and also coached in the sport.

Olympic cycling gold medallist and long-time Tour Down Under race director Mike Turtur was her partner for 32 years.

Turtur and daughter Elli released a statement saying Pisani died on Tuesday morning at hospital in her home city of Adelaide.

She was diagnosed with cancer in December of 2019, and the statement said Pisani’s family was with her when she died.

‘Sandy has fought tirelessly and in true competitive spirit for more than than two years until her very last breath,’ the statement said.

‘She loved her family and friends with great passion and heart, fiercely loyal and feisty, compassionate and kind, we will cherish all of our special memories and times shared in our hearts forever.’

Pisani is a life member of Hockey SA and was inducted into the SA Sport Hall of Fame in 2015.

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