ALL AUSSIE ATHLETE
Sophie chosen to represent her country in two sports
BRACKEN Ridge athlete Sophie Conway is part of two All Australian U18 teams and will be faced with a tough choice later this.
The 18-year-old has excelled in both hockey and AFL however training seasons and schedules are starting to clash and she will have to pick one.
“I have a lot of decisions to make at the end of the year,” Ms Conway said. “I love both sports, it’s my passion.”
Players for the AFL Women’s League must be 18 and this is the first year Ms Conway is eligible to be drafted for those teams.
Ms Conway said she returned from the AFL Nationals on the Gold Coast a couple of weeks ago and was surprised to be selected for the Australian squad.
“I was shocked, nothing like that had ever happened. I have only really started playing AFL; this is my second season.”
In September she will go to Melbourne for the Australian U18 competition.
In April this year, Ms Conway was vice captain for the U18 Queensland Hockey team which played in
“It was awesome. We went away and came back with gold.
“It was also my first Queensland number one side: I’ve only ever made the number two before.”
However it has been a difficult year for the Bracken Ridge athlete, whose mother passed away in June after battling breast cancer for four years.
“It was emotionally exciting (to be selected for the Australian teams) but I wished my mum could have seen it,” Ms Conway said.
“It’s my drive to do well because of her. I use my sport to keep me going but some days are harder than others.”
In the meantime Ms Conway will juggle both sports while studying Crime and Justice at TAFE before making her decision at the end of the year if she gets drafted.
She plays AFL with Zillmere Eagles and hockey with Valley’s Hockey Club.
Bracken Ridge athlete Sophie Conway is in the Australian U18 teams for both hockey and AFL.