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Hockeyroo stranded by damaged passport
By Paul Mulvey and Nick Perry
04:29 AEST Wed Jul 18 2012

Even Olympians have to attend to domestic chores.

But for Australian hockey player Hope Munro, a last minute load of family washing had dramatic consequences when she wasn't allowed to fly to London because of a damaged passport.

The single mother threw some of her own clothes into a wash for her two young girls the night before she was due to leave Perth with her teammates on Monday, but left her passport in a pocket.

While the passport itself withstood the spin cycle, her photo was unrecognisable and immigration officials refused her permission to leave Australia.

A new passport is being rushed through and she'll arrive in London with the men's hockey team on Thursday.

The only mother in the Hockeyroos, Munro has returned to the squad for her second Olympics after retiring before the 2010 World Cup to spend more time with her daughters Ella, 10, and seven-year-old Grace.

She returned to hockey last year under new coach Adam Commens and was named in the Olympic squad in November.

While Munro, 31, was back in Perth with her daughters, her teammates flew in to London early Tuesday morning, but had little rest.

They checked into the athletes village, collected their uniforms and had a reception with the Australian Olympic Committee before their first training session at Olympic Park in the afternoon.

"It's a pretty busy first day, but one we like to have, so the girls can get a good night's sleep this evening," Commens said.

The Hockeyroos open their Olympic campaign against New Zealand on July 29.

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