Player, nurse now retailer

Hockeyroo Rachael Lynch. Picture: Martin Kennealey d397501
Hockeyroo Rachael Lynch. Picture: Martin Kennealey d397501

The Kensington resident was just 20 when she padded up for her international debut, an experience she described as amazing.

‘I was called up to play with less than two weeks notice as there had been an injury,’ she said.

‘My first game I can remember we were wearing heart rate monitors and mine maxed out during the anthem.

‘I was very nervous but had some super supportive girls there alongside me.’

When Lynch is not acting as Australia’s last line of defence, keeping out the world’s best attackers, she works as a qualified nurse.

But she recently added a further string to her bow after opening a hockey store in Bibra Lake.

The veteran of more than 60 Tests said the opportunity presented to her earlier this year was something she could not pass up.

‘Setting up the store from scratch was a huge learning experience and now I know how to run a business,’ she said.

‘Nursing is my passion but Hockeyworld has certainly opened the door for a future career.’

Lynch said Hockeyworld Bibra Lake would make it easier for players south of the river to purchase exclusive gear.