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Anna Flanagan (born 8 January 1992) is an Australian field hockey player.

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Flanagan was born on 8 January 1992,[1] and grew up in Canberra where she played tennistrack and field and field hockey.[2] She attended Brindabella Christian College before going to Radford College. She earned a degree in sports journalism from the University of Canberra. Her professional career in journalism started around the time that she was added to the Australian field hockey squad.[1][3] She moved from Canberra to Perth following the Commonwealth Games in order to further her field hockey career. Following this move, she started doing some professional journalism work for Fox Sports in Perth.[1][3] In 2011 and 2012, she was enrolled at Curtin University.[1]

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Flanagan is a defender, who specializes in taking corner penalties.[2] In 2000, after being a multi-sport athlete, she made a commitment to playing field hockey.[2]

Flanagan made her national team debut in March 2010 in a friendly against South Korea as an 18 year old, after having been first called up to the team when she was 17 years old. Her selection to the squad came during a period when the team was injecting a lot of youth players following the 2008 Summer Olympics. Later in 2010, she would represent Australia as a member of the gold medal winning team at the Commonwealth Games.[1][2][3] As a member of the 2012 Australian team at the 2012 Summer Olympics, she had a fifth place finish.[3] Going into the Games, she had over 50 caps for the national team.[2]

In 2013, Flanagan was named the World Young Player of the Year in field hockey.[3] In 2013, she took part in the Hockey World League, which took place in Tucumán Argentina. Her team reached the second place and she scored the only Australian goal in the final game.

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