Pride as practise pays off
REWARDS FOR HOCKEY PLAYER’S HARD WORK
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.