Former hockey champion Bianca Pritchard, and her husband Michael, welcomed their fourth child around February this year – a boy named Sebastien. Sebastien joins older siblings Oliver, aged 8; Oscar, aged 6; and Stella, aged 4.
Bianca, then Bianca Langham, was selected for the national hockey team in 1994, and was a member of the 1996 and 2000 Olympic training squads. In 1998 she won gold in both the Commonwealth Games and the World Cup, where she scored the wining goal over the Netherlands. She was recently voted #18 on a list of greatest Tasmanian sportspeople. She and her husband were married in December 2000.
Bianca suffered from postnatal depression after the birth of Oliver and found it hard to adjust to life as a mother. However, she’s now very happy, and so comfortable with motherhood that the whole family went on a caravan trip around Australia when Stella was only a few days old.
She recently launched a Bubs and Bubbles mothers social group in Hobart to combat social isolation amongst mothers of young children. Any money raised by the group will go to the Royal Hobart Hospital Paediatric Unit.
(Story and photo from The Mercury, November 2 2011)
Lawn bowls champion Stacey Collier, and her partner, welcomed their third child at the start of the year; a girl named Indiana. Indiana joins older siblings Bailey, aged 7, and Declan, aged 4.
Stacey has played for Australia, and also for her home state of Victoria. Tomorrow will be her first Victorian Open. Last week Stacey won the Mooroopna Club Championship, after only three weeks back playing sport after the birth of Indiana.
(Story from Shepparton News, November 19 2011)