Six will get to ex­pe­ri­ence Olympic-like com­pe­ti­tion

South Western Times - - Sport -

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.

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