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With the National Women's Team, 2007. Courtesy Melissa Rulli.


January 31st 1973

ACTIHA Mumma Bears, ACTIHA Canberra Colts, ACTIHA Canberra Capitals, AWIHL Melbourne Ice, OiHAN Canberra Senators

McKowen Trophies
2004, 2011

World Championships
1999, '00, 01, '03, '04 Ice Hockey

Founding member of NWT
National women's MVP 1995, 1996
Toured NZ with NWT, 2002

BORN JANUARY 31ST, 1973, in Canberra, she was an Australian Capital Territory winger, the only girl to represent the ACT in the inaugural President's Cup (U13) in Adelaide in 1983, with David Batho, Dom Cook and Jason Thewlis. She repeated that in 1984, finishing third in Perth and again in Canberra in 1985. Also that year, at the age of 12, she joined Canberra's Mumma Bears women's ice hockey team, training against U15 and U17 boys, and defeating NSW at the Phillip rink in the first organised year of women’s hockey.

She again represented her state at the Kurt Defris (U15) nationals in 1986 and in 1987, although initially banned in '87 under a rule prohibiting girls from playing in mixed national games after age 12. In 1995, she was tournament MVP and Top Point Scorer at the inaugural National Women's Ice Hockey Championship (McKowen Trophy) won by NSW in Sydney, where she was selected for the First All-Star Line. The next year, she was again National Women's MVP, Top Point Scorer, a First Line All-Star, and Best Forward the year after that. In 1998, at the age of 25, she was a founding member of Australia’s first National Women's Team (NWT) in the exhibition match in Sydney coached by Heather Linstad (North Eastern University, Massachusetts, USA).

In 1999, she attended the first ever selection camp for a World Qualification tournament at the Canterbury rink in Sydney, where she was appointed NWT Captain for the World Qualification series held in Hungary under Head coach Kathy Berg (University of Calgary). She went on to captain Australia in 4 more Women's Worlds, 2000 to 2004, except in 2002 when the NWT instead toured New Zealand during the Olympic break. In the 2003 Division III Worlds, she was runner-up on points having captained Australia to the top of the standings and the first Women's IIHF gold medal. In 2004, she scored a hat-trick of goals against Great Britain at the World's in Italy and won the National Women's Championship (McKowen).

She had a baby in 2005 and returned in 2008 as NWT Alternate Captain at the Division II World's in Sheffield England where Australia won the gold medal. She was NWT Alternate Captain again in Newcastle in 2011, and she still holds the all-time points record in the National Women's Team. That same year, at the age of 37, she won another McKowen with Melbourne Ice in the AWIHL. In addition to ice hockey, she has completed the Ironman Triathlon ACT in 1997 and '98, then represented Australia at the World Triathlon Championships in Luassane, Switzerland. She has played cricket for the Weston Creek Cricket Club and Australian Rules football for many years. She was an ACTWAFL Rising Star with the Tuggeranong Hawks (2004) and back-to-back Premiers in 2010-11. She competed in the Canberra Marathon in 2013, she still plays Masters Hockey for the Canberra Senators, and in 2017 she will be a boundary umpire in the inaugural Women's AFL League.

01. Historical Notes

02. Citation Details

Ross Carpenter, 'Boxall, Steph (née Wheaton) (1973 - )', Legends of Australian Ice, Melbourne, Australia,, accessed online .

03. Select Bibliography

04. Citations
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At age three.

Wheaton (right) with Heather Whisker (left), 7, and Debbie Whisker, 5, busy making Fathers Day cards at Curtin Library, Canberra, 3 Sep 1976, photo by Jim Green, Canberra Times, ACT Heritage Library.

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With ACT President's Cup team

Adelaide, 1983. Courtesy Geoff Rains.

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At age twelve.

Canberra Times, 1985.

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With the Defris Trophy team

Canberra Times, June 1987

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With the Melbourne Ice

vs Adelaide Assassins, AWIHL, January 8th 2011. Courtesy Frank Kutsche