Skip to Content
Department of Premier and Cabinet

Penny Dunbabin (nee Gray)



Penny Dunbabin (nee Gray)

12 October 1958 - 21 May 2014

Member 1987

Penny first made her sporting name in the field of athletics, her forte being middle distance running, breaking State and Australian records for the 800 metres and 1,500 metres on several occasions.

Penny Gray in 1979 was ranked number one in Australia for the 1,500 metres. At the 1979 Australian titles Penny recorded the second fastest time on record for the 1,500 metres (4:17:09) and was chosen for the World Cup in Dusseldorf, and the Olympic Squad. Penny competed twice against New Zealand in trans-Tasman events before hanging up her running shoes and putting on the hockey boots.

Penny first played for Tasmania in hockey as a member of the State under-18 team in 1973, going on to selection for the senior State team each year from 1976 to 1986, captaining the side in 1981 and 1986.

At a national level, Penny was selected in 1982 in the Australian Women's Hockey squad for Kuala Lumpur and was named the following year in the Australian team for its European tour.

In 1984 Penny was a member of the Australian team for the Four Nations Tournament played in Melbourne and in the same year was also chosen as a member of the Australian team to play in the Olympic Games Tournament. Penny was the first Tasmanian ever to have made an Olympic women's hockey team.