Sarah (Taylor) Young


2012 - ACT Sport Hall of Fame

Born in Canberra, Sarah (Taylor) Young was born to play hockey. Her brother Ben represented the ACT and Australia, and her dad Bob, was heavily involved in coaching and administration of Hockey in the ACT.

Sarah started playing hockey (Minkey) at the age of 4 for United Hockey Club. Sarah commenced her representative career in 1996 when she was selected to play in the ACT U/16 School Girls Hockey team.

She then progressed through the ranks of U/18 and U/ 21 levels to make her debut in the Senior’s in 1998 when she was selected to play for the Canberra Strikers.

Sarah played for the Strikers in the Australian Hockey League from 1998 to 2008, playing 77 matches and scored 24 goals.  In 2004 Sarah was awarded the Player of the Series. In 2001 she was selected to play for Australia at the Hockey World Cup held in Argentina where the team won the bronze medal.

In 2002 Sarah was selected in the Manchester Commonwealth Games team, but had to withdraw through injury.
In 2004 Sarah was selected in the team for the Athens Olympic Games, but was forced to withdraw one week out from the Olympics due to an injury she sustained in a pre-Olympic tournament in Spain.

She worked hard over the next four years and was selected in the team for the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008 where Australia came 5th. Sarah played 173 games for Australia scoring 25 goals.

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