Six will get to experience Olympic-like competition
SIX South West Academy of Sport hockey players will experience the energy, excitement and sportsmanship of an international sporting event when they fly the flag for WA at the 10th Pacific School Games.
Charli Wickseed, Emily Antonovich, Georgina Dowd, Jack Tosana, Ky Fisher and Louis Tunstill have received the green light to compete at the upcoming multisport competition in Adelaide later this year.
From December 3 to 9, they will be among about 4000 school-aged students competing at a high level across 11 sports, with competitors set to travel from around Australia as well as overseas to be part of the action.
Countries confirmed to attend the games include China, New Zealand, Pakistan, India, Fiji, Macau, Singapore, New Caledonia and the Philippines, with more to be announced in the coming months.
The games, which are organised by School Sport Australia, will boast the flavour of a junior Commonwealth or Olympic Games and come complete with a mascot, theme song, opening ceremony and the chance for participants to showcase their skills on the world stage.
There will also be the opportunity to take part in educational and cultural experiences.
SWAS hockey head coach Russell Harvie said the junior athletes were training twice a week in Perth in preparation for the event.
“It will be fantastic for them to play other States as well as international teams,” he said.
The call-up of the players to teams contesting the Pacific School Games is the latest in a long line of achievements for the academy’s high performance hockey program. Earlier this year 13 young players in the program were selected for the WA under-15 and under-18 sides.
South West Academy of Sport hockey players Ky Fisher, Jack Tosana, Charli Wickseed, Georgina Dowd, Emily Antonovich and Louis Tunstill have earned the right to compete in under-16 teams at the Pacific School Games in Adelaide later this year.