Pride as prac­tise pays off

RE­WARDS FOR HOCKEY PLAYER’S HARD WORK

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

YOUNG River­vale res­i­dent Ce­leste Adams has only been play­ing com­pet­i­tive ice hockey for two years but she’s al­ready taken to the in­ter­na­tional scene to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia.

Ce­leste (14) first rep­re­sented the na­tion in 2014 with the Aus­tralian un­der 18s women’s team.

Play­ing as a for­ward she had been the youngest player in the com­pe­ti­tion when Aus­tralia faced New Zealand. She said she had been proud to beat them.

The Penrhos Col­lege stu­dent has re­cently re­turned home with an­other win af­ter trav­el­ling to Aus­tria for the World Cham­pi­onship Qual­i­fiers last Jan­uary.

“The best part of that trip was win­ning against Ro­ma­nia,” Ce­leste said.

“The game had been hard be­cause we had been so close and the shoot-out was re­ally nerve wrack­ing. The score was 7-6 af­ter a tense shoot out.”

The Aus­tralian team placed sev­enth in the Divi­sion, and Ce­leste la­belled the Pol­ish team as the hard­est to play against.

“Our very first game with Poland was re­ally tough, those girls had been like nin­jas on ice,” she said.

Be­fore the tour­na­ment, the Aus­tralian team un­der­went in­tense train­ing, both on and off the ice.

“I was also a full time bal­let stu­dent and was danc­ing over 30 hours a week at the same time as all the train­ing, it was hec­tic,” Ce­leste said.

“I was play­ing games with my club, at­tend­ing ev­ery ice prac­tice ses­sion I could get to, and do­ing my own stick han­dling prac­tices in the back­yard.”

Fit­ness train­ing, roller blad­ing and stick han­dling was part of the train­ing be­fore the in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

“It was hard work to get there, so I was re­ally proud,” Ce­leste said.

“It feels like a dream un­til you get off the plane back at home.”

Ce­leste Adams is proud to have rep­re­sented Aus­tralia.

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