Mary- Anne is a spearfishing champion, coach and underwater hockey player.
Her achievements include:
- Twice South Australian Ladies’ Spearfishing Champion.
- Six times Australian Spearfishing Mixed Pairs’ Champion.
- Six times Australian Ladies’ Spearfishing Champion.
- Australian Scuba Divers Ladies’ Champion.
- Numerous Australian records for speared fish.
- National Director of Coaching (AUF).
- Underwater Hockey Coach.
Mary-Anne Stacey started snorkelling in 1975, while teaching swimming in an Education Department Program at Unley Pool, South Australia. By 1979, she had acquired her open water certification at the South Australian School of Scuba Diving. In 1981, Mary-Anne took up spearfishing and, in 1985, she started competitive diving. She was a member of the South Australian Women’s Underwater Hockey Team from 1985 to 1992; the South Australian Women’s Team Coach for Underwater Hockey in 1989 and 1992; and an Australian team member of Underwater Hockey in 1986, 1989, 1991 and 1993. She was awarded the Best and Fairest Player in 1990, 1991 and 1992 and, in 1991, she became the Australian Team Coach.
Mary-Anne’s spearfishing records are impressive. In 1987 and 1992, she was the South Australian State Ladies’ Champion and, in 1990, she helped to win that state’s Mixed Pairs’ Spearfishing title. She has also won the Australian Ladies’ Championships numerous times.
As regards her professional future, Mary-Anne intends to continue her work as National Director of Coaching; improve her skills in underwater photography; study part-time marine biology; attain a Level 3 Snorkel Coach accreditation; and become a scuba diving instructor.