Casey Eastham is a hockey player and Olympian who was awarded a Scholarship within the 2009 Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship and Mentoring Program, she was paired with Sharon Buchanan OAM as her Mentor.
Casey was born in Shellharbour, New South Wales, in 1989, and began playing hockey at the age of 5. She made her first state team aged 12 and played with the Albion Park Bowling Club 1st division team from the age of 13.
Casey defied her age throughout her junior career. She played for NSW for the first time as a 13-year-old in the U15 team and was at least one year younger than her teammates when she played for her state at U18, U21 and Open level.
Casey’s talent and skill were recognised in 2005 with selection in the U21 Australian Junior World Cup team, at age 16, and she was named 5th best player at the tournament. From 2005 – 2007, she received the Layne Beachley Aim for the Stars Foundation grant, and in 2006 played for the famous Hockeyroos.
Casey was called up for the Hockeyroos again for the Olympic Games in 2008, where she was, perhaps not surprisingly, the youngest member of the team.
Honours & Achievements
- 2005: U21 Australian Junior World Cup team, selection.
- 2006: Hockeyroos, debut.
- 2007: Received the Layne Beachley Aim for the Stars Foundation grant.
- 2008: Beijing Olympic Games, youngest member on the team.
- 2009: Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship Holder.