Young hockey stars have su­per chance to aim for the top

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Training Education -

HOCKEY players from Clare­mont, Subiaco and Nedlands who com­peted in Hockey WA’s un­der-13 su­per camps are in line to play on the same field as Olympic gold medal­lists.

More than 250 players have the chance to com­pete at the un­der-13 national cham­pi­onships, which will be held si­mul­ta­ne­ously with the Aus­tralian Hockey League (AHL) from Septem­ber 29 to Oc­to­ber 8.

AHL is one of the big­gest national tour­na­ments, fea­tures players from the Kook­abur­ras, Hock­ey­roos and other state players.

Hockey WA chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Peter Chu­rack said it was an hon­our for WA to host the un­der-13 national cham­pi­onships.

“Our re­cent Hockey WA su­per camps served as the first stage in the se­lec­tion process for the state team which will com­pete at the U13 Cham­pi­onships, and were a huge suc­cess,” he said.

"Fur­ther­more, these camps are vi­tal to en­sur­ing that our young ath­letes con­tinue to learn, im­prove their skills and build friend­ships with peo­ple from across the state through­out their ongoing de­vel­op­ment.

“It will hope­fully serve to in­spire the next gen­er­a­tion of world-class Aus­tralian ath­letes as well.

“In WA, we have a proud tra­di­tion of suc­cess at the AHL and our Thun­der­sticks and Di­a­monds are al­ready in the his­tory books as two of the most suc­cess­ful teams in the tour­na­ment’s his­tory,” he said.

The state un­der-13 team will get to play on the same fields as Olympians.

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