Sandy fought tirelessly and in a real competitive spirit for more than two years to the last breath – it is stated in the announcement.
Olympic field hockey champion Sandra Pisani passed away this morning. She was 63 years old.
Sandy Pisani was a member of the hockey team that won Australia’s first Olympic gold medal in the sport, at the 1988 Seoul Games.
She was captain of the team from 1985-86 and also competed at the 1984 Los Angeles Games. From 1981 to 1988, she played 105 games for Australia.
Pisani then won gold medals as a selector at the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games.
Mike Turtur, the winner of the Olympic gold medal in cycling and the long-term director of the ‘Tour Down Under’ race, was her partner for 32 years.
Turtur and her daughter Eli issued a statement stating that Pisani died on Tuesday morning in a hospital in her hometown of Adelaide.
She was diagnosed with cancer in December 2019, and the statement said Sanda’s family was with her when she died.
Sandy fought tirelessly and in a real competitive spirit for more than two years until her last breath – it is stated in the announcement.
She loved her family and friends with great passion and heart, fiercely loyal and fierce, compassionate and kind, we will forever keep all our special memories and times that share in our hearts.
Pizani is a lifelong member of Hockey SA and was inducted into the SA Sports Hall of Fame in 2015.