Cody achieves his state goal

Canning Times - - SPORT -

ALL Saints’ Col­lege Year 6 stu­dent Cody Reader has been se­lected to rep­re­sent WA at the Gins­berg Tro­phy Na­tional Ice Hockey Cham­pi­onship in Mel­bourne next month.

Cody was cho­sen as one of 17 play­ers in the 2018 WA State team after a rig­or­ous three-stage se­lec­tion process.

State as­so­ci­a­tion teams from around the coun­try will com­pete in mul­ti­ple games of three 15-minute pe­ri­ods at the cham­pi­onships from Au­gust 16 to 19.

De­spite hav­ing played the sport for only two-anda-half years, the 11-year-old stu­dent said one of his goals had al­ways been to rep­re­sent his state in the sport.

“I love be­ing on the ice, train­ing with a team and fo­cus­ing on in­di­vid­ual ex­e­cu­tion,” he said.

“This is just the be­gin­ning of an ex­cit­ing jour­ney which will take a lot of hard work and ded­i­ca­tion.”

Last year Cody was se­lected as a re­serve state player which al­lowed him to train with the 2017 team and ben­e­fit from the coaches’ ex­per­tise.

He is fur­ther de­vel­op­ing his skills by par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Perth Thun­der Ice Hockey Acad­emy, where train­ing is fo­cused on high level skills devel­op­ment.

He also par­tic­i­pates at a club level with the Hawks Ice Hockey Club, where he is as­sis­tant cap­tain for the 2018 Black­hawks un­der-13s team. IT was only fit­ting that the first girls’ soc­cer con­test at Op­tus Sta­dium fea­tured bud­ding play­ers from Queens Park Soc­cer Club.

Queens Park is one of Perth’s lead­ing women’s soc­cer clubs and their top side heads the Bankwest Women’s Premier League.

But it was the next gen­er­a­tion who had a chance to ply their wares in front of the third big­gest crowd ever at Op­tus Sta­dium dur­ing half-time of last week’s friendly be­tween Perth Glory and English heavy­weights Chelsea.

Ten girls from Queens Park played in the 5-on-5 game. The girls had their op­por­tu­nity at the fix­ture be­cause they are part of the ALDI Miniroos pro­gram.

It also gave a Perth Soc­cer Club group the hon­our of walk­ing Chelsea’s stars onto the pitch.

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