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Connie Charlesworth

Connie Charlesworth (Member 1987)

16 April 1906 - 2 September 1980

Con Charlesworth is a legend in Tasmanian and Australian hockey circles. Con was first selected for Tasmania in 1926 and held her place in the team until 1939. She was also captain of the team from 1926 to 1939 and from 1934 to 1955 was the coach of the Tasmanian team.

Con first gained selection in the Australian team in 1927 against an English touring team. Con retained her position in the Australian team in 1928 and 1929. In 1930 she was a member of the first Australian team to leave Australia. Con continued to be selected in the Australian team in 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934 and in 1935 was in the team chosen to play New Zealand in Melbourne. Selected again in 1936, then 1937 as captain, she played for Australia against a visiting combined England/Scotland team.

Also in 1938, once again as captain, she was a member of the Australian team that travelled to the U.S.A. to participate in the International tournament held in Philadelphia. Far more International fixtures are now played by the Australian team, but up until the 1980's Con would have held the record for the player selected to represent Australia the most times.