For the first time ever in the Summer Olympics, there will be more women representing Australia than men – with 212 females and 207 males ready to roll in Rio.
While we’ll be cheering for all our athletes, there are few we’ll be watching extra closely.
From the Olympian heading to her fifth games, to the cyclist who’s back after breaking her neck, here are eight inspiring Aussie female names to commit to memory.
20 years after watching her cousin Nova Peris win gold at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, Brooke Peris is heading to her first Olympic games in Rio as a Hockeyroo.
The older Peris was the first indigenous Australian to win gold at the Olympics and Brooke decided then and there she wanted to follow in her pioneering footsteps.
“I saw her and I was like ‘I want to do that’,” Peris told Zela.
Peris first made the Hockeyroos in 2013 and the team are currently ranked third in the world.
“I had really great mentors actually, and I have so many people to thank for any success. It was hard at times, but I had a lot of people that helped me get there, and I appreciate everyone that has helped.”” she told SBS.
The 23 year old says her indigenous heritage is a strong part of her identity, one she shares with teammate Mariah Williams.
“We always do this little handshake before each match, saying who we are, and it is kind of cool,” she said.
2. Anna Meares.
A name you’ll definitely recognise, track cyclist Anna Meares OAM is the flag bearer and captain of this year’s Australian team.
The 32 year old won her first gold medal at the 2004 games in Athens and set a new world record in the Women’s 500-metre time trial of 33.952 seconds.