Alyson Regina Annan OAM (born 12 June 1973) is an Australian retired field hockey player, who earned a total number of 228 international caps for the Women’s National Team, in which she scored 166 goals. Annan is presently the head coach of the Netherlands women’s national field hockey team; she led the team to a silver medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil. During 2013 Annan gained the prestigious award of becoming a member of Sport Australia Hall of Fame.
Annan was born on 12 June 1973 in Wentworthville, New South Wales. She was voted the Best Female Hockey Player in the World in 1999. In the following year, she led the Australian team to gold at the 2000 Summer Olympics. She subsequently retired from international competition and moved to the Netherlands. In the Netherlands she played for HC Klein Zwitserland from The Hague. She retired in 2003, becoming the coach of Dutch league team HC Klein Zwitserland. In 2004, she was an assistant of Dutch Head Coach Marc Lammers at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, when the Netherlands won silver.
Annan was married to Argentinian hockey player, Maximiliano Caldas. After their divorce her partner became Carole Thate, a former Dutch hockey captain and fellow Olympic medallist. Annan and Thate had their first child, Sam, in May 2007. Their second son, Cooper, was born in October 2008.
Annan was to be the coach of the first women’s team of the Amsterdamsche Hockey & Bandy Club during the 2012-2013 season.
In 2013 Annan was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.
In October 2015 she was named as head coach of the Netherlands women’s team, succeeding Sjoerd Marijne. Annan’s former husband Max Caldas previously coached the Netherlands women’s team to a gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games. During the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro Annan coached her team to a silver medal losing to the Great Britain Team after shoot-outs in the final.
Major international tournaments
- 2000 Olympic Games Gold Medal
- 1996 Olympic Games Gold Medal
- 1992 Olympic Games 5th
- 1998 Hockey World Cup Gold Medal
- 1994 Hockey World Cup Gold Medal
- 2001 Champions Trophy 3rd
- 2000 Champions Trophy 3rd
- 1999 Champions Trophy Gold Medal
- 1997 Champions Trophy Gold Medal
- 1995 Champions Trophy Gold Medal
- 1993 Champions Trophy Gold Medal
- 1998 Commonwealth Games Gold Medal
- 1993 Junior Hockey World Cup Silver Medal
- 1994 Team of the Year Australian Sports Awards
- 1995 Team of the Year Australian Sports Awards
- 1996 Team of the Year Australian Sports Awards
- 1996 Player of the Year Australian Women’s Hockey Association
- 1996 Player of the Series Australian Hockey League
- 1996 New South Wales Sportswoman of the Year
- 1996 New South Wales Athlete of the Year
- 1996 Order of Australia Medal
- 1997 Team of the Year Australian Sports Awards
- 1997 Player of the Year Australian Women’s Hockey Association
- 1997 Player of the Tournament Champions Trophy
- 1998 Team of the Year Australian Sports Awards
- 1998 International Player of the Year International Hockey Federation
- 1998 Player of the Tournament Hockey World Cup
- 1998 Finalist World Sportswoman of the Year Women’s Sport Foundation (USA)
- 2000 International Player of the Year International Hockey Federation
- 2002 Player of the Year Dutch League
- 2003 Player of the Year Dutch League
- 2013 Sport Australia Hall of Fame inductee