23 January 1959 – 19 April 2022
Sandy sadly passed away peacefully in hospital surrounded by her family. She had been battling cancer for more than two years.
She was a member of the Hockeyroos team that won Australia’s first Olympic gold medal in the sport at the 1988 Seoul Games. She captained the Hockeyroos from 1985-86 and competed at the 1984 Los Angeles Games.
From 1981-88 she earned 105 Australian caps. She was Head Selector when the Hockeyroos won gold medals at the 1996 and 2000 Olympics.
Olympic cycling gold medallist and long-time Tour Down Under race director Mike Turtur AO was her partner for 32 years.
The Port Adelaide District Hockey Club were fortunate to gain her services as its women’s playing coach in 1992. As Captain-Coach of the women’s State League team (now known as Premier League) the teams ranking went from 7th to 2nd. In 1992 she won the Best & Fairest player in the women’s State League. As non-playing coach of the women’s State League team from 1993-1995 they played in 3 consecutive grand finals (with one win).
Off the field Sandy was a true character. The room lit up when she arrived and her opinions and thoughts on anything and everything were always entertaining. She always enjoyed a laugh and a drink. She always called a spade a spade. I will certainly miss her presence around the club.
It was rare that Sandy and Mike ever missed a game in which Elli was playing. Elli switched from being an excellent soccer player to taking up hockey – something I am sure Sandy was elated about. But as a wonderful mother Sandy never interfered or pressured her coaches. She just sat back and enjoyed Elli on the hockey field.
Sandy was just a beautiful person – loved, admired and respected by all who knew her.
Our condolences and thoughts are with Mike, Elli and her broader family. Your wonderful memories will never diminish over time.
I will miss you so much. Rest in peace Legend.
Dennis Meredith AO
Port Adelaide District Hockey Club.